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Akila Sasantha Weerasekera, Ph.D.

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  1. Riva M, Wouters R, Weerasekera A, Belderbos S, Nittner D, Thal DR, Baert T, Giovannoni R, Gsell W, Himmelreich U, Van Ranst M, Coosemans A. CT-2A neurospheres-derived high-grade glioma in mice: a new model to address tumor stem cells and immunosuppression. Biol Open. 2019 Sep 12; 8(9). PMID: 31511246.
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  2. Levin O, Weerasekera A, King BR, Heise KF, Sima DM, Chalavi S, Maes C, Peeters R, Sunaert S, Cuypers K, Van Huffel S, Mantini D, Himmelreich U, Swinnen SP. Sensorimotor cortex neurometabolite levels as correlate of motor performance in normal aging: evidence from a 1H-MRS study. Neuroimage. 2019 11 15; 202:116050. PMID: 31349070.
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  3. de Laat B, Weerasekera A, Leurquin-Sterk G, Gsell W, Bormans G, Himmelreich U, Casteels C, Van Laere K. Effects of alcohol exposure on the glutamatergic system: a combined longitudinal 18 F-FPEB and 1 H-MRS study in rats. Addict Biol. 2019 07; 24(4):696-706. PMID: 29790622.
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  4. de Laat B, Weerasekera A, Leurquin-Sterk G, Bormans G, Himmelreich U, Casteels C, Van Laere K. Glutamatergic Biomarkers for Cocaine Addiction: A Longitudinal Study Using MR Spectroscopy and mGluR5 PET in Self-Administering Rats. J Nucl Med. 2018 06; 59(6):952-959. PMID: 29496988.
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  5. Salas IH, Weerasekera A, Ahmed T, Callaerts-Vegh Z, Himmelreich U, D'Hooge R, Balschun D, Saido TC, De Strooper B, Dotti CG. High fat diet treatment impairs hippocampal long-term potentiation without alterations of the core neuropathological features of Alzheimer disease. Neurobiol Dis. 2018 05; 113:82-96. PMID: 29427755.
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  6. Crabbé M, Van der Perren A, Weerasekera A, Himmelreich U, Baekelandt V, Van Laere K, Casteels C. Altered mGluR5 binding potential and glutamine concentration in the 6-OHDA rat model of acute Parkinson's disease and levodopa-induced dyskinesia. Neurobiol Aging. 2018 01; 61:82-92. PMID: 29055799.
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  7. Leurquin-Sterk G, Ceccarini J, Crunelle CL, Weerasekera A, de Laat B, Himmelreich U, Bormans G, Van Laere K. Cerebral dopaminergic and glutamatergic transmission relate to different subjective responses of acute alcohol intake: an in vivo multimodal imaging study. Addict Biol. 2018 05; 23(3):931-944. PMID: 28884874.
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  8. Chu W, Weerasekera A, Kim CH. On the conformational stability of the smallest RNA kissing complexes maintained through two G·C base pairs. Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2017 01 29; 483(1):39-44. PMID: 28063925.
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  9. Leurquin-Sterk G, Van den Stock J, Crunelle CL, de Laat B, Weerasekera A, Himmelreich U, Bormans G, Van Laere K. Positive Association Between Limbic Metabotropic Glutamate Receptor 5 Availability and Novelty-Seeking Temperament in Humans: An 18F-FPEB PET Study. J Nucl Med. 2016 Nov; 57(11):1746-1752. PMID: 27283933.
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