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Creation of a novel technology towards diagnosis and treatment based un understanding of molecular pathogenesis of psychiatric and neurological disorders
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Kato Team

Researcher's name Nobumasa Kato
Professor,Showa University
Research Themes Identification of molecular mechanism and development of novel and curative pharmacological treatment for dysfunction of social reciprocity in autism


Our research project aims at identifying molecular mechanisms and developing pharmacological intervention for dysfunction of social reciprocity, the most fundamental feature of autism spectrum disorders. To this end, we will focus on oxytocin as a key molecular target. By collaborations of genetics, animal models, neuroimaging, and clinical trials, we will establish early detection and treatment strategy for oxytocin-related social dysfunction in autism.