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Researcher Profile - Elizabeth Molnar

First Name:Elizabeth
Last Name:Molnar
Advanced Degrees:FRANZCP, DPM, BSc(Hons), MB, BS(Hons)
Affiliation:Seaforth Medical
Street Address 1:57/101 Wickham Tce.
Street Address 2:Spring Hill
Zip/Postal Code:4000
Email Address:
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Member reports no financial or other potential conflicts of interest. [Last Modified: 16 September 2011]
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Clinical Interests:
Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD, ADD) , Schizophrenia, Anxiety disorders , Autism spectrum disorders (pervasive developmental disorders), Psychology, Bipolar disorder , Borderline personality disorder, Drug abuse, Depression, Neurodevelopmental disorders (e.g., 22q11 deletion syndromes), Anthropology/Sociology
Research Focus:
Chemistry/pharmacology, Neuropathology, Neurotransmission, Phenomenology/diagnosis, Genetics, Molecular and Cell biology, Cell biology, Epidemiology, GABAergic transmission, Stem cells, Glutamatergic transmission, Neurodevelopment, Immunology, Protein structure/chemistry, Animal models, Pharmacology, Neuroanatomy/Systems Neuroscience, Clinical trials, Electrophysiology, Glia/myelin
Work Sector(s):
Medical hospital, Private practice
What are the top three papers (not yours) you have read recently?
Jonathan Sebat and Aiden Corvin on Vasoactive Intestinak Peptide Receptor 2 in Nature, 2011,
Ootsuka et al from Bill Blessing's lab at Flinders on Brown adipose tissue, thermiogenesis, and ultradian brain metabolism, in Neuroscience, 2009,
Silverstein and Keane reviewing Perceptual Organization in Schizophrenia Bulletin, July 2011.
If resources were not limited, what research projects would you pursue?
Prevention of foetal alcohol syndrome and other disorders with clear antecedents such as nutritional defecits, infections, thyroid and metabolic difficulties in the pregnant person, disadvantaged by sociocultural or smi factors. Education of women in their mother tongue seems an important measure. FAS is a timebomb. Marijuana use in pregnancy is another.
What is your leading hypothesis?
Neurodevelopmental and social defeat issues impinging on regulation of salience, arousal, and the default processing parts of the brain as a possible focus for mitigation of the distress.
Recent work linking the genetics of OCD, PTSD susceptibility, schizophrenia, and abnormalities of aerobic and anaerobic metabolism and the autonomic nervous system are relevant.
What piece of missing evidence would help prove it?
Cognitive enhancement strategies and teaching ways to heighten parasympathetic/vagal tone, such as the diving reflex and exercise, augment pharmacologic strategies to enhance quality of life and vocational confidence in those with first episode or ultra-high risk factors.
What is your fallback position?
Autonomic and basic metabolic processes deserve further attention in research, that cortical structures depend on the brainstem and midbrain.

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