A journey from Duke to McGill along the dopamine circuit
Date & Time
Friday, November 3rd / 8:55 AM
About Bruno Giros
"Bruno Giros' lab is dedicated to investigating how molecular changes at the nerve synapse might impact integrated behavior and what we might learn from these mechanisms to cure mental illness.
After a doctoral training at the Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris and a short internship at Genentech Inc. in South San Francisco, he joined the CNRS as a Research Fellow in 1987 in the INSERM Laboratory directed by Jean-Charles Schwartz in Paris, where he cloned and characterized dopamine D2 and D3 receptor subtypes. From 91 to 94, he was an assistant professor at Duke University in North Carolina, working with Marc Caron on the characterization of several neurotransmitter transporters and kinases and establishing the first knock- out for these genes.
In 1999, back in France, Dr. Giros created the INSERM/CNRS laboratory on the "Neurobiology of Psychiatric Disorders", at the University of Paris-Sorbonne.
Since 2008, he arrived at McGill University with a Canada Research Chair. At McGill, his laboratory has two main axes of research: 1) Studying interindividual vulnerability to chronic stress and depression and; 2) Understand the role of phenotypically defined subpopulations of striatal neurons in motor and cognitive functions."