The Dougherty Lab published a paper recently in Genes, Brain and Behavior. The paper, “Celf6 RNA binding protein impairs cocaine conditioned place preference and contextual fear conditioning,” shows that the resistance to change by the Celf6 mutant in the holeboard was most parsimoniously explained as a failure of conditioning. The paper’s findings further support the role of RNA binding proteins (RBPs) in conditioned learning.

Susan Maloney, Ph.D., Instructor in Psychiatry and a member of the Dougherty Lab, is first author on the paper. Joe Dougherty, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Department of Genetics at Washington University School of Medicine, is senior author on the paper. Congratulations, all!