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Laboratory of Neurochemistry and Behavior

The Neurochemistry and Behaviour research unit is involved in metabolic-neurochemical and behavioural research and clinical neurological diagnostic and therapeutic investigations. The main mission of the research group consists of the development of diagnostic and/or therapeutic measures for neurological diseases and the clarification of the underlying pathophysiological processes. Biochemical, neurochemical, behavioural, electrophysiological, neuroimaging, clinical and animal pharmacological and epidemiological research is performed. The group has special interest in ethical considerations. The main fields of research can be summarized as follows:
- Evaluation of amino acids and amino acid analogues as candidate uremic toxins.
- Behavioural and neurochemical validation of models for cognitive retardation and deterioration. Behavioural observations include baseline and age-dependent assessment of neuromotor and cognitive abilities, and assessment of the efficacy of therapeutic interventions (incl. gene rescue and stem cell techniques).
- Clinical and diagnostic research. The research group has experience in diagnostic procedures involving neurochemical, electrophysiological and neuroimaging (mainly SPECT) and neurocognitive parameters.
- Analysis of markers for neurodegenerative conditions (a.o. dementia): neurochemical, genetic, neuropathological, etc.
- Epidemiological research, cross-sectional and prospective on large cohorts healthy populations and patient groups (a.o. dementia)


Head: Prof. Dr. P.P. De Deyn, MD, PhD
Laboratory of Neurochemistry and Behavior
University of Antwerp
Campus Drie Eiken
Universiteitsplein 1
BE-2610 Antwerpen
Tel: +32 3 265 26 20
Fax: +32 3 265 26 18
mail prof. De Deyn

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