ITOLiMBiC LAB

Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of Toronto Scarborough, 1265 Military Trail, Toronto, ON,
M1C 1A4

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ITO LiMBiC LAB

Welcome!

Our lab is based at the Department of Psychology, University of Toronto at the Scarborough campus. We use a multidisciplinary approach to identifying the network of brain structures that work together to ensure the efficient encoding and recall of affective information, and to establish the neural and neurochemical basis of the way in which such information can come to exert powerful control over motivated behaviour and decision making. 

RESEARCH FOCUS

MODELS OF MENTAL HEALTH DISORDERS

A natural, and important extension of our research is in establishing how the processing of affective and motivational processes are altered in drug addiction, schizophrenia, and depression using animal models.

TARGETING COTICO-LIMBIC-STRIATAL CIRCUITS

We combine the use of pharmacological, optogenetic and chemogenetic approaches with novel behavioural paradigms to conduct fine-grained functional mapping, and the delineation of functional circuits between brain areas comprising cortico-limbic-striatal loops.

TRANSLATIONAL WORK

We have been developing synergistic behavioural paradigms in human subjects to increase the translational value of our research, in collaboration with Dr Andy Lee's lab. We hope to establish further collaborations with researchers in the Clinical Psychology Department based at UTSC, to add clinical relevance to our models.

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Thanks for your interest in our research. Get in touch with us for any questions or comments regarding our work and publications. We’d love to hear from you.