|Researcher's name||Nobumasa Kato|
|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.