UNC Hospitals – Chapel Hill
Education and Training:
B.S., Biology, Georgia State University
Ph.D., Pharmacology, University of Louisville
Dr. Duncan’s research involves behavioral and neurochemical studies in mouse models of psychosis, with the hope of finding new approaches to treat schizophrenia. Another area of work involves developing science education strategies for a wide range of students, from elementary school kids to Psychiatry residents.
In basic research studies with antipsychotic drugs, Dr. Duncan examines biochemical and behavioral effects of the drugs in animal models. The models are based on manipulation of brain chemistry by drugs and genetic engineering to mimic changes that may occur in schizophrenia. Better understanding of biological abnormalities associated with the models could help define novel and more effective treatment strategies for schizophrenia.