Q&A with Richard Jope, Ph.D.
Scientists have since learned that lithium is not only neuroprotective, but is also one of the psychopharmacological agents that increase new neuron production (neurogenesis) in the hippocampus, a critical brain area for learning, memory, and stress responses. We asked Jope to elaborate on some of the points he and Nemeroff make in the article.
Lithium to the Rescue
The element lithium is given in capsule form as a mood stabilizer for bipolar disorder and depression. New research, however, reveals its role as a neuroprotector, and suggests that enzymes modulated by lithium could lead to new treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and other neurodegenerative disorders.