A million-euro funding for the research of neuroplasticity enhancing mechanisms of antidepressants

Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation has granted a funding of €1.000.000 to Academy Professor Eero Castrén.

MD, PhD Eero Castrén does research on how antidepressants enhance plasticity in the adult brain. He is an Academy of Finland professor at University of Helsinki's Neuroscience Center (HiLIFE Unit) during the term 1 January 2107 to 31 December 2021.

Castrén has previously shown how the molecular actions of antidepressants enhance plasticity in the adult brain.

The possibility to restore and shape plasticity in the brain opens up the potential for important new applications in the detection and treatment of psychiatric disorders. The new research evidence will help to improve the diagnosis and treatment of neuropsychiatric diseases.

In total, the Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation granted over €18.5 million of funds in 2018.