Restless legs syndrome is a movement disorder that causes uncomfortable sensations in the limbs and a powerful urge to move the legs, particularly at night. While we don’t know what causes the disease, we do know that it tends to run in families.
We are currently looking for changes in the structure and function of the brain in people with restless legs syndrome, which will hopefully bring us closer to understanding the cause of this disease.
Epigenetics is the study of how our environment influences the expression of our genes. My group has found a link between early life experiences and attention. Exposure to traumatic experiences in the early stages of life, including abuse or neglect, parental divorce or mental illness, and poverty, are known to influence the development of some mental illnesses. These early experiences also […]