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Panelist: Amy F.T. Arnsten, PhD
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Professor of Neurobiology, Director of Graduate Studies
Yale University School of Medicine

Dr. Arnsten is a neuroscientist and Professor of Neurobiology at the Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT. She is one of the world's experts on how stress, aging and mental illness alter the molecular environment of the prefrontal cortex, a highly evolved brain region that allows us to intelligently regulate our attention, memory, emotions and actions. Her lab has developed new treatments for disorders that afflict the prefrontal cortex, such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Her lab has also uncovered changes in the aging brain that lead to problems of forgetfulness and distraction as we grow older. Dr. Arnsten has authored more than 100 scientific articles, and is a frequent guest speaker at scientific seminars and conferences. She is a member of the Society for Neuroscience and serves on the editorial board of several scientific journals, including Cognitive Neuroscience. She teaches brain anatomy and function to Yale undergraduates, medical students and graduate students, and directs large research programs on the molecular basis of cognitive decline in aging and mental illness.

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