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2021 NIDA IRP FARE Winners

Congratulations to our 2021 FARE (Fellows Award for Research Excellence) winners: Harsh Deshpande, Ewa Galaj, Evan Hart, Therese Ku, Brenton Laing, Renata Marchette, Adrienne McGinn, Jorge Miranda Barrientos, and David Reiner. They will each receive a $1500 travel stipend to attend a scientific meeting to present their research and gave a talk at the virtual… [Read More]

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Past experience shapes the neural circuits recruited for future learning

Hot Off the Press – February 18, 2021 Past is prologue, at least that is the saying. Yet modern behavioral neuroscience, particularly in animals, strives to minimize the effect of past experience, using young and typically naïve subjects for testing. This is done in an effort to understand brain function without the confounding effects of… [Read More]

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Featured Papers

Ventral tegmental area GABA, glutamate, and glutamate-GABA neurons are heterogeneous in their electrophysiological and pharmacological properties

Featured Paper of the Month – August 2021 Published in European Journal of Neuroscience by  Jorge Miranda-Barrientos and Marisela Morales, et al. in the NIDA IRP Neuronal Networks Section. Summary The ventral tegmental area (VTA) contains dopamine neurons intermixed with GABA-releasing (expressing vesicular GABA transporter, VGaT), glutamate-releasing (expressing vesicular glutamate transporter 2, VGluT2), and glutamate-GABA… [Read More]

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