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Who is Dr. Kevin Murnane

Dr. Kevin Murnane is an Associate Professor at LSU Health Shreveport. He received a BS in Biology and Psychology from the University of Georgia and a PhD in Neuroscience from Emory University. His research group is focused on the etiology and treatment of disorders of the central nervous system. Areas of special emphasis include substance abuse, alcoholism, Alzheimer's disease, and Parkinson’s disease. The Murnane group directly or through collaboration uses techniques such as medicinal chemistry, drug formulation, molecular biology, electrophysiology, behavioral pharmacology, and neuroimaging. Recent studies in his laboratory have focused on the development of natural products that reduce neuroinflammation to develop disease modifying therapies disorders of the central nervous system.

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Dr. Kevin Murnane runs the Murnane research group that focuses on the etiology and treatment of disorders of the central nervous system, particularly substance abuse, alcoholism, Alzheimer's disease, and Parkinson’s disease. We study the role of serotonin systems in these diseases, particularly as it relates to the serotonin 2A receptor, which is the major excitatory serotonin receptor found in the brain. The core techniques used are behavioral pharmacology, neuropharmacology, neurochemical, optogenetic/chemogenetic, microdialysis, histochemical, and neuroimaging approaches in laboratory animals. Recent studies have focused on the development of natural products that reduce neuroinflammation, in order to develop disease modifying therapeutics for brain disease.