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Duman received his Ph.D. in 1985 from the The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.
Ron Duman's research centers around the biological mechanisms behind antidepressants. In his landmark 1995 paper, he discovered that antidepressants increase the gene expression of Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor, or (BDNF) in the hippocampus. In a later paper he discovered that the downstream effect of BDNF is to increase neurogenesis or the formation of new neurons in the dentate gyrus of the hippocampus) .
- Duman's Yale Faculty Website Archived 18 December 2010 at WebCite
- First paper demonstrating the link between antidepressants and BDNF levels Archived 18 December 2010 at WebCite
- Abstract of paper demonstrating that antidepressants increase neurogenesis Archived 18 December 2010 at WebCite
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