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Animal Model Imaging Section

 The National Center of Neurology and Psychiatry (NCNP) introduced PET for small animals in 2011. PET makes it possible to perform integrative functional neuroimaging analysis, which adds various biochemical aspects, such as biosynthesis, storage, discharge and binding to receptors or transporters of neurotransmitters.
 Brain information related to neuropsychiatric disease including that of genetically modified animals is analyzed with a focus on molecular imaging techniques, such as PET. Clarifying the mechanisms controlling complicated neural networks using these analyzed data will facilitate elucidation of the pathophysiology of a neuropsychiatric disorder. Model animal development especially using the marmoset is especially active in NCNP.

 It will be important for PET imaging using the marmoset to perform translational research on the development of innovative drugs and new PET tracers by overwhelming species differences,.


Section Chief; Mio Ota M.D.