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University of Minnesota Twin Cities
Medical School
Department of Psychiatry

PI: S. Hossein Fatemi

Prenatal Virally Induced Brain Disorder

Schizophrenia, which affects 1% of the world's population, has been linked epidemiologically to prenatal exposure to human influenza virus. Experimental animal data supporting this linkage are lacking. The overall goal of this group’s research is to understand how prenatal human influenza viral infection affects brain development adversely, leading to the genesis of schizophrenia. The objective of the project at MSI was to determine how prenatal infection of mice with human influenza virus causes subsequent brain structural and behavioral abnormalities in adult animals.

Group Members

Timothy Folsom, Research Associate
Rachel Kneeland, Research Associate
Stephanie Liesch, Research Associate