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Special Issue "Understanding the Impacts of Neurodevelopmental Cannabinoid Exposure"

A special issue of International Journal of Molecular Sciences (ISSN 1422-0067). This special issue belongs to the section "Molecular Neurobiology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Steven R. Laviolette
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Guest Editor
Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, University of Western Ontario, London, ON. N6A 5C1. Canada
Interests: drug addiction; schizophrenia; neurodevelopment; anxiety and mood disorders; post-traumatic stress disorder; psychopharmacology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Cannabinoids represent the most widely consumed psychoactive compounds in the world. Emerging evidence points to the vulnerability of the developing brain to the effects of cannabinoid exposure. Particularly during prenatal and adolescent neurodevelopmental windows, exposure to cannabinoids has been shown to induce long-term pathophysiological effects, including behavioural, neuronal, and molecular phenotypes that may increase vulnerability to a variety of neuropsychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia, mood and anxiety disorders, and addictions. In this Special Issue, will describe the variety of effects induced by exposure to cannabinoid compounds during critical periods of brain development.

Prof. Dr. Steven Laviolette
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. International Journal of Molecular Sciences is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

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  • cannabinoids
  • neuropsychiatric disorders
  • schizophrenia
  • mood
  • anxiety disorders
  • addictions

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