Rutsuko Ito

faculty_img Academic Title: Assistant Professor

Campus: UTSC

CSB Appointment: Full

Primary Undergraduate Department:
Department of Psychology, UTSC

Graduate Programs:
Psychology
Neuroscience
Cell & Systems Biology

Titles and Honors
Academic or Administrative Appointments:

Education:
Ph.D. University of Cambridge 2001
BA, University of Oxford 1997

 

Mailing Address
Department of Department of Psychology
University of Toronto
1265 Military Trail
Scarborough, ON M1C 1A4
Canada

 

Contact Information
Office phone: 416-208-2907
Office: SW 627
Lab:
Lab phone:
Email: rito@utsc.utoronto.ca
URL: http://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/~rito/

 

Research Areas
Systems Biology
Psychology & Behavior
Neurobiology
Animal Biology

 

Research

My lab is primarily interested in investigating the neural and neurochemical mechanisms that underlie conditioned and affective influences upon approach-avoidance decision making, with a particular focus on the role of the affective cortico-limbic-striatal system and its interactions with midbrain dopaminergic systems. Crucially, a central tenet of the research is the notion that conditioned (incentive and affective) cues can take aberrant control over behaviour in psychological disorders such as drug addiction, schizophrenia, and depression. We use a multidisciplinary approach to achieve our research goals. As well as using traditional behavioural neuroscience techniques (intra-cerebral drug micro infusions), we use cutting edge techniques (chemogenetics, optogenetics), and pharmacological models of addiction, schizophrenia and addiction, in combination with novel behavioural paradigms..

 

Publications