Biology of Mood and Anxiety Disorders publishes its first articles

Today marked the launch of Biology of Mood & Anxiety Disorders, a new journal from BioMed Central led by Editors-in-Chief Ahmad Hariri and Lisa Shin.

In their launch Editorial, the Editors describe the importance of a dedicated outlet for research on the biological underpinnings of these highly prevalent disorders. Biology of Mood & Anxiety Disorders welcomes research in all areas relevant to the disorders at the level of their underlying mechanisms, including studies of pathophysiology, predictive risk markers, treatment predictors, individual differences, and developmental trajectories.

The first articles to be published in Biology of Mood & Anxiety Disorders highlight the breadth and diversity of research relevant to the journal. Fisher et al report on a multimodal PET/fMRI study examining the relationship between 5-HT1A and 5-HT2A receptor binding in the medial prefrontal cortex and threat-related amygdala reactivity, Murphy and Frodl describe the results of a meta-analysis of diffusion tensor imaging studies showing fractional anisotropy abnormalities in patients with depression, and Waters and McCormick describe the challenges involved in using the exogenous corticosterone preclinical model of depression in adolescent rats.

It is the Editors’ hope that Biology of Mood & Anxiety Disorders will become an invaluable resource not only for the scientific community but also for all those who share an interest in mental health.

For further information on Biology of Mood & Anxiety Disorders, please visit the journal website or contact the journal editorial office.

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