Biology Professor's research on Cavefish may lead to therapeutic methods in autism, schizophrenia

The research group is led by Prof. Masato Yoshizawa, an Assistant Professor with the Manoa Department of Biology, and has found similarities in behavior between cavefish and humans with autism and schizophrenia.  This link, combined with a similarity in risk factor genes for human psychiatric disease, has placed the cavefish as a candidate for further study on the behavioral issues.  Prof. Yoshizawa first presented his findings at the 23rd International Conference on Subterranean Biology with the presentation "Adaptation through changes of behavioral and morphological traits in Mexican Cavefish".

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07/21/2016 at 8:19am