Boyd Rorabaugh: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Creates a Broken Heart
Posttraumatic stress disorder induces changes in the heart that make it more susceptible to injury that occurs during a heart attack. How does this occur? Can the cardiac effects of PTSD be prevented?
Phillip Zoladz: Genetic variants influence the time-dependent effects of stress on learning and memory: Implications for susceptibility to traumatic memory formation and post-traumatic stress disorder
Stress, via a biphasic physiological response pattern, time-dependently influences learning and, as a result, can enhance or impair memory formation. In this presentation, I will discuss recent work from an NIH-funded project revealing that certain genetic variants influence the time-dependent relationship between stress and learning, which could help us understand why some people are more susceptible to traumatic memory formation and the development of post-traumatic stress disorder.