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Who is Dr. Kevin Murnane

June 5, 2022
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Dr. Kevin Murnane runs the Murnane research group that focuses on the etiology and treatment of disorders of the central nervous system, particularly substance abuse, alcoholism, Alzheimer's disease, and Parkinson’s disease

Dr. Kevin Murnane is an Associate Professor at LSU Health Shreveport. He received a BS in Biology and Psychology from the University of Georgia and a PhD in Neuroscience from Emory University. His research group is focused on the etiology and treatment of disorders of the central nervous system. Areas of special emphasis include substance abuse, alcoholism, Alzheimer's disease, and Parkinson’s disease.

The Murnane group directly or through collaboration uses techniques such as medicinal chemistry, drug formulation, molecular biology, electrophysiology, behavioral pharmacology, and neuroimaging.

Recent studies in his laboratory have focused on the development of natural products that reduce neuroinflammation to develop disease modifying therapies disorders of the central nervous system.

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Dr. Kevin Murnane runs the Murnane research group that focuses on the etiology and treatment of disorders of the central nervous system, particularly substance abuse, alcoholism, Alzheimer's disease, and Parkinson’s disease.

He studies the role of serotonin systems in these diseases, particularly as it relates to the serotonin 2A receptor, which is the major excitatory serotonin receptor found in the brain.

The core techniques used are behavioral pharmacology, neuropharmacology, neurochemical, optogenetic/chemogenetic, microdialysis, histochemical, and neuroimaging approaches in laboratory animals.

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Neuropsychopharmacology

Behavioral Neuroscience

Psychopharmacology

Neuropharmacology

Neurobiology

Neurobiology and Brain Physiology

Learning and Memory

Neurodegeneration

Immunohistochemistry

Neurophysiology

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