How the Brain Responds to Acute and Chronic Stress: Role of Excitatory Amino Acids and Glucocorticoids
Bruce S. McEwen, Ph.D.
Dr. McEwen reports no commercial conflict of interest.
This activity is made possible by an unrestricted educational grant from Forest Laboratories.
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Albert Einstein College of Medicine – Montefiore Medical Center designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.
Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Albert Einstein College of Medicine-Montefiore Medical Center and InterMDnet. Albert Einstein College of Medicine – Montefiore Medical Center is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
Upon completion of this Cyberounds®
, you should be able to:
- Describe three brain areas involved in processing stressful events, and describe how acute stress affects their function
- Describe what chronic stress does to these brain areas and how excitatory amino acids are involved along with circulating stress hormones
- Describe how chronic stress affects behavior and memory in animal models.