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Ventral Tegmental Area

"Ventral Tegmental Area" is a descriptor in the National Library of Medicine's controlled vocabulary thesaurus, MeSH (Medical Subject Headings). Descriptors are arranged in a hierarchical structure, which enables searching at various levels of specificity.

MeSH information
A region in the mesencephalon which is dorsomedial to the substantia nigra and ventral to the red nucleus. The mesocortical and mesolimbic dopaminergic systems originate here, including an important projection to the nucleus accumbens. Overactivity of the cells in this area has been suspected to contribute to the positive symptoms of schizophrenia.

This graph shows the total number of publications written about "Ventral Tegmental Area" by people in the URMC Research Network by year, and whether "Ventral Tegmental Area" was a major or minor topic of these publication.