Barbara Ferry

Claude Bernard University Lyon 1 France

Dr. Barbara Ferry is a senior researcher at the National Center of Scientific Research CNRS, France. After obtaining her Ph.D. in Neuroscience at Louis Pasteur University, Strasbourg, France, in 1997, she joined the Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, in Irvine, California for her post-doctoral studies, from 1997 to 2000. During this time, she studied the role of the α- and β-noradrenergic systems in the basolateral amygdala in the consolidation processes of inhibitory avoidance learning in the rat. In 2000, she obtained a post in the CNRS (France) and joined the UMR 7521 unit, where she studied the role of the lateral entorhinal cortex and basolateral amygdala in the modulation of the olfactory memory trace during conditioned aversion learning in the rat, from 2000 to 2006. Then, she joined the UMR 5292 (Lyon, France) and focused her work on identifying the behavioral, pharmacological and molecular mechanisms that control olfactory memory formation during associative learning in the rat, with a particular emphasis on the basolateral amygdala. Recently, the expertise in the olfactory area she acquired during her career enabled her to develop a new research project to determine the processes underlying human scent identification by police dogs, through a worldwide collaboration.

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The amygdala is a central component of the limbic system, which is known to play a critical role in emotional processing of learning and memory. Over these last 20 years, major advances in techniques for examining brain activity greatly helped the scientific community to determine the nature of the contribution of the amygdala to these fundamental aspects of cognition. Combined with new conceptual breakthroughs, research data obtained in animals and humans have also provided major insights into our understanding of the processes by which amygdala dysfunction contributes to various brain disorders, such as autism or Alzheimer's disease. Although the primary goal of this book is to inform experts and newcomers of some of the latest data in the field of brain structures involved in the mechanisms underlying emotional learning and memory, we hope it will also help stimulate discussion on the functional role of the amygdala and connected brain structures in these mechanisms.

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