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General information

Name (center, department, group or other)
Laboratory of Neuropsychiatry, Psychiatric Centre Copenhagen
Contact name
Maurice Ptito
Contact email
Contact title
1. March 2017

Brief description of research activities

Brain Plasticity with an emphasis on the visual system in humans and primates.
Effects of fetal alcoholism in monkeys
Sensory substitution and cross-modal plasticity in congenital blindness
The role of cannabinoid receptors in vision


plasticity- vision- brain-humans-primates-

Research tools and techniques

Anatomy-physiology-immunohistochemistry-brain imaging-magnetoencephalography

Scientific Personnel

No of Associate Professors/Postdocs: 3
No of PhD students: 2
Other: 4

Key references from within the last 5 years

1. Bouskila J, Javadi P, Elkrief L, Casanova C, Bouchard JF, Ptito M. (2016) A Comparative Analysis of the Endocannabinoid System in the Retina of Mice, Tree Shrews, and Monkeys. Neural Plast.; 2016:3127658
2.Reislev NL, Dyrby TB, Siebner HR, Kupers R, Ptito M. (2016) Simultaneous Assessment of White Matter Changes in Microstructure and Connectedness in the Blind Brain. Neural Plast.; 6029241.
3. Joseph Bouskila, Vanessa Harrar, Pasha Javadi, Amy Beierschmitt, Roberta Palmour, Christian Casanova, Jean-Franšois Bouchard and Maurice Ptito. (2016) Cannabinoid Receptors CB1 and CB2 Modulate the Electroretinographic Waves in Vervet Monkeys. Neural Plast, Article ID 1253245, 12 pages
4. Joseph Bouskila, Vanessa Harrar, Pasha Javadi, Christian Casanova, Yoshio Hirabayashi, Ichiro Matsuo, Jyunpei Ohyama, Jean-Franšois Bouchard and Maurice Ptito. (2016) Scotopic vision in the monkey is modulated by the G protein-coupled receptor 55. Visual Neuroscience 33 Ě, DOI: 10.1017/S095252381600002X
5. Slimani, H., Plaghki, L, Ptito, M., Kupers, R. (2016) Pain hypersensitivity in congenital blindness is associated with faster central processing of C-fiber input. Eur J Pain (in press).
6. Heine L, Bahri MA, Cavaliere C, Soddu A, Reislev NL, Laureys S, Ptito M, Kupers R. (2015) Prevalence of increases in functional connectivity in visual, somatosensory and language areas in congenital blindness. Front Neuroanat. 9:106.
7. Reislev NL, Kupers R, Siebner HR, Ptito M, Dyrby TB. (2015) Blindness alters the microstructure of the ventral but not the dorsal visual stream. Brain Struct Funct. PubMed PMID: 26134685.
8. Burke MW, Ptito M, Ervin FR, Palmour RM. (2015) Hippocampal neuron populations are reduced in vervet monkeys with fetal alcohol exposure. Dev Psychobiol. 57(4):470-85.
9. Cecchetti L, Ricciardi E, Handjaras G, Kupers R, Ptito M, Pietrini P. (2015) Congenital blindness affects diencephalic but not mesencephalic structures in the human brain. Brain Struct Funct. PMID: 25560311.
10. Zangenehpour S, Javadi P, Ervin FR, Palmour RM, Ptito M. (2014) A deficit in face-voice integration in developing vervet monkeys exposed to ethanol during gestation. PLoS One. 9(12):e114100.

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