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Researcher Profile - Ronald Chase

RESEARCHER INFORMATION
First Name:Ronald
Last Name:Chase
Title:Prof. (Emeritus)
Advanced Degrees:Ph.D.
Affiliation:McGill Unviersity
Department:Biology
City:Montreal
State/Province:Quebec
Country/Territory:Canada
Email Address:ronald.chase@mcgill.ca
Disclosure:
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Member reports no financial or other potential conflicts of interest. [Last Modified: 27 September 2013]
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Clinical Interests:
Schizophrenia
Research Focus:
Microscopy, Neuroanatomy/Systems Neuroscience, Neurodevelopment, Brain imaging, Cell biology, Epidemiology, GABAergic transmission, Glia/myelin, Animal models, Molecular and Cell biology, Neurotransmission, Genetics, Electrophysiology, Glutamatergic transmission
Work Sector(s):
University
Web Sites:
Personal: http://biology.mcgill.ca/faculty/chase/
Reasearcher Bio
Born 12 September 1940, Chicago, Illinois
Currently, Professor Emeritus (Biology) at McGill University
B.A.,Stanford University, Psychology,1962
Harvard Law School, dropped out
Ph.D, M.I.T.,Psychology (dept.later renamed Brain & Cognitive Sciences), 1969
Research specialties: Molluscan neurobiology; snail brains and snail sex, sexual selection
My elder brother (deceased) had schizophrenia.
I am now writing books about schizophrenia and psychiatry (see below). My current project is an historical novel about the birth of modern psychiatry based on the lives of Emil Kraepelin and Franz Nissl.
Top Papers
Chase, R. (2013) Schizophrenia: A Brother Finds Answers in Biological Science. Baltimore, Johns Hopkins University Press.

Chase, R. (2012) The Physical Basis of Mental Illness. New Brunswick, NY, Transaction Publishers.157 pp.

Chase, R.(2007) Gastropod reproductive behavior. Scholarpedia 2(9): 4125. http://www.scholarpedia.org/article/Gastropod_Reproductive_Behavior

Chase, R. and Blanchard, K. C. (2006) The snail’s love-dart delivers mucus to increase paternity. Proc. R. Soc. B 273, 1471-1475.

Chase, R. (2002) Behavior and its Neural Control in Gastropod Molluscs. New York, Oxford University Press. 336 pp, 8 halftones and 82 line illustrations.
What is your leading hypothesis?
Neurodevelopmental errors lead to malfunctioning
microcircuits in selected brain regions.
What piece of missing evidence would help prove it?
The identification of all risk genes, their functions, and the neural consequences of mutations.
What is your fallback position?
There is no single disease, but rather a multitude of related conditions.



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