Zulma J. Dueñas, Ph.D.

Title
Associate Professor
Department
Department of Physiological Sciences
Institution
National University of Colombia
Address
Avenida Carrera 30 # 45-03, Edificio 471, Oficina 430
City
Bogota
Country
Colombia
E-mail
zjduenasg[at]unal.edu.co
Website
http://www.docentes.unal.edu.co/zjduenasg/
Research Field
Neuroscience
Award Year
2002
Country Of Origin
Colombia
Mentor Name
Ricardo Miledi, M.D.

Research

Our research group is interested in studying the mechanisms that are affected as a consequence of two periods of maternal separation during nursing. To do this, we are analyzing the behavior, the neurodevelopment and the expression of different proteins involved in learning, memory and anxiety behavior. Furthermore, we are studying the role of glucocorticoid receptors in vitro, as possible modulators of the stress response, and learning and memory processes. Finally, in rats we found that maternal separation during nursing induces hyperactivity, therefore we are just beginning to explore if in humans, the maternal-baby interaction is related to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.