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Ritalin Boosts Learning by Increasing Brain Plasticity, According to UCSF Research
Date:3/8/2010

ibed, it induces many brain changes, making it difficult to identify which of those changes improve learning.” said Kay Tye. “By identifying the brain mechanisms underlying Ritalin’s behavioral enhancements, we can better understand the action of Ritalin as well as the properties governing brain plasticity.”

Other co-authors on the paper and collaborators in the research were Jackson Cone and Lynne Tye, who were undergraduate assistants at the time of the study, and Evelien Hekkelman, a medical student working with Kay Tye at the Gallo Center.

The UCSF-affiliated Ernest Gallo Clinic and Research Center is one of the world’s preeminent academic centers for the study of the biological basis of alcohol and substance use disorders. Gallo Center discoveries of potential molecular targets for the development of therapeutic medications are extended through preclinical and proof-of-concept clinical studies.

UCSF is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care.

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