Drugs and the Developing Brain

  • Antonia Vernadakis
  • Norman Weiner

Part of the Advances in Behavioral Biology book series (ABBI, volume 8)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. CNS Drugs: Functional Development

  3. CNS Drugs: Behavioral Development

  4. Developmental Aspects of Neurotransmission

  5. Drug Actions: Biochemical Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 213-213
    2. Williamina A. Himwich, Jimmie M. Davis
      Pages 231-241
    3. Doherty B. Hudson, Beverly J. Merrill, Laurie A. Sands
      Pages 243-256
  6. Drug Actions: Biochemical Development

  7. Developmental Aspects of Learning and Memory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 319-319
    2. Joseph Altman, Robert L. Brunner, Fatma G. Bulut, Kiran Sudarshan
      Pages 321-348
  8. Drug Actions: Myelinogenesis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 349-349
    2. J. Folch-Pi
      Pages 351-373
    3. Elizabeth R. Einstein
      Pages 375-393
  9. Environment, Hormones: Brain Development

  10. Therapeutics

  11. Back Matter
    Pages 521-537

About this book


The thalidomide tragedy which occurred slightly more than a decade ago made public officials and the general public acutely aware of the teratogenic potential of drugs. Although specialists in pharmacology and developmental biology had been studying this problem many years before, this catastrophic episode triggered the passage of legislation which required that information about the teratogenicity of drugs be produced before the drugs could be available to the general public. Gross deformities in man produced by drugs are frequently difficult to reproduce in experimental animals and the changes which are produced in other animals are frequently not translatable to humans. The problem of evaluating the potential that drugs have to produce gross malformations is small, however, compared to the evaluation of subtle but permanent behavioral effects which drugs may exert upon the developing organism. Nevertheless, many experimental studies in recent years indicate that subtle biochemical changes produced by drugs on brain tissue during critical periods of fetal or early post­ natal maturation may become manifest subsequently as behavioral deviations in early childhood or adolescence. Hyperkinetic disorders, epilepsies and other developmental disabilities may have a subtle biochemical imbalance, perhaps drug induced, as an underlying factor. This symposium was organized with the intent of bringing to­ gether prominent investigators who are working in different aspects of brain development and who are interested in the effects of drugs on the developing brain in order to discuss their findings, pro­ pose new theories, and open new avenues for future research.


biology brain childhood development developmental biology drug drugs evaluation pharmacology research tissue

Editors and affiliations

  • Antonia Vernadakis
    • 1
  • Norman Weiner
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry and PharmacologyUniversity of Colorado, School of MedicineDenverUSA
  2. 2.Department of PharmacologyUniversity of Colorado, School of MedicineDenverUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Plenum Press, New York 1974
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4684-3065-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4684-3063-9
  • Series Print ISSN 0099-6246
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