Ron Stoop Lab    


RESEARCH TOPICS (start page)

1.Optogenetic and electrophysiological characterization of the circuits in the central and medial amygdala underlying fear and social learning.

2. In vitro and in vivo electrophysiological characterization of neuronal recruitment in the basolateral amygdala of rodents and human subjects following fear learning and epileptogenesis.

3. Comparing the circuits in animals and human subjects with specific lesions in the amygdala (collab. Sout-Africa)a

4.The role and effects of oxytocin in an animal model of autism (collab. India).

5. Metabotropic glutamate receptor 4 and 7 function in the basolateral amygdala (collab. Addex Pharmaceuticals)

6. Optogenetic and electrophysiological characterization of the hypothalamic circuits underlying endogenous release of oxytocin (collab. Max Planck, Heidelberg)

7. Oxytocin as a key factor in the behavioral and psychological symptoms of Alzheimer's disease (Clinical Collab., Psychiatry of Old Age).



Injection sites of fluorescent latex nanospheres in the Bed Nucleus of Stria Terminalis and Periaqueductal Grey for retrograde labeling in the amygdala