By Jef Akst
Excerpt: Charles Nemeroff, who was barred from receiving grants for 2 years in 2008, snags $401K from the NIH to study PTSD.
The obvious role of odors, like smoke odor, in PTSD suggests that we welcome Dr. Nemeroff back to the time when others were interested in examining the role of olfactory/pheromonal input and its epigenetic effects on behavior via the “biological core” of mammalian behavior, the hypothalamic gonadotropin releasing hormone (GnRH) neuronal niche, as in:
Moss, R. L., Dudley, C. A., & Riskind, P. N. (1991). Gonadotropin releasing hormone and human sexual behavior. In C. B. Nemeroff (Ed.), Neuropeptides and Psychiatric Disorders. Washington, D.C: American Psychiatric Press.
Given the otherwise ignored importance of GnRH to oxytocin secretion, with reports on its cause and effect all-the-rage, even those formerly involved with social bonding and autism research can appreciate what it means to have Nemeroff back. In a word, it means progress.