An De Prins

an.de.prins@vub.be

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Endogenous systems which regulate the stress response are interesting targets for the development of novel treatments for stress-related disorders. In this PhD research we focus on the neuromedin U (NMU) system. Our running hypothesis is that reducing the central activity of NMU could be beneficial for the treatment of stress-related disorders. Peptidergic NMU-analogs are synthesized in a first part of the project. Secondly, these novel ligands will be screened in vitro for their affinity and activity on both NMU-receptors. Finally, the most optimal peptides will be evaluated in in vivo mouse models for stress-related disorders.

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Research themes

Target-driven drug discovery approaches for refractory epilepsy

Neuromodulation and inflammation in stress-related mental disorders