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Hacking aversive memory in humans: towards improved treatments for stress-related disorder

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Abstract: Current treatment for stress and anxiety disorders are efficacious but leave room for improvement. As an experimental psychopathology model, Pavlovian fear conditioning has been used to investigate novel avenues to preventing, or interfering with, aversive memory. In my talk, I will present my own team’s work on consolidation and reconsolidation inhibition in human laboratory paradigms, including results from a purely behavioural procedure, several RCTs with the synaptic plasticity-inhibiting drug doxycycline, and one with spatially targeted non-invasive brain stimulation.

Biography: Dominik R Bach is Professor for Cognitive-Computational and Clinical Neuroscience at University College London. He has a background in psychology, medicine, and mathematics; and is a trained psychiatrist. He and his team are interested in the neurobiology of human threat avoidance, including immediate escape as well as short- and medium-term threat prediction, and how this can be leveraged for clinical interventions. For detailed biography of Prof Bach, please visit: http://bachlab.org/people/bach

This talk is part of the Department of Psychiatry & CPFT Thursday Lunchtime Seminar Series series.

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