Carlos M. Contreras

National Autonomous University of MexicoMexico

Carlos M. Contreras is a Senior Researcher at the Biomedical Research Institute, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), Titular Professor of Experimental Clinical Medicine and Pharmacology at the Universidad Veracruzana, and member of the National Researchers System in México. Dr. Contreras is a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Sciences at UNAM where he has taught Physiological Psychology for the past three decades. His first studies at the Neurology and Neurosurgery Institute in México involved the pharmacology of sleep, epilepsy, and drug dependence. He later received training in Biological Psychiatry in Mexico and Experimental Psychology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA. During the past 30 years, he has been studying and continuously publishing his results on the neurophysiology, neurochemistry, and ethology of affective disorders and anxiety and more recently the neurobiology of mother-infant linkage processes.

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The Neuronal Doctrine recently reached its 100th year and together with the development of psychopharmacology by the middle of 20th century promoted spectacular developments in the knowledge of the biological bases of behavior. The overwhelming amount of data accumulated, forced the division of neuroscience into several subdisciplines, but this division needs to dissolve in the 21st century and focus on specific processes that involve diverse methodological and theoretical approaches. The chapters contained in this book illustrate that neuroscience converges in the search for sound answers to several questions, including the pathways followed by cells, how individuals communicate with each other, inflammation, learning and memory, the development of drug dependence, and approaches to explaining the processes that underlie two highly incapacitating chronic degenerative illnesses.

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