I paused my medicine studies to start a thesis in the lab, with the objective to achieve a MD-PhD scholarship. I am currently working on the link between olfaction and emotions in mood disorders (depression and bipolar disorders). Besides mood disruptions (roughly towards sadness in depression and euphoria in mania), patients report perceptive changes affecting basically all sensory modalities. However, these alterations are not taken into account in the diagnostic criteria of mood disorders. The goal of the project is to investigate the existence of sensory modifications in mood disorders by assessing olfaction in mice models of depression and mania, and to decifer the neuronal circuits involved. Motivated by a strong translational perspective, we hope the results to bring new ideas for clinical research.
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