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2020 NIDA IRP Women Scientist Advisors Awards

The NIDA IRP Women Scientist Advisors awards ceremony is held annually to recognize the accomplishments of outstanding women scientists. The 2020 awardees are: Smriti Mongia, Ph.D. – Excellence in Research, Postdoctoral Fellow Stephanie Gantz, Ph.D.  – Excellence in Research, Post-doctoral Fellow Daria Piacentino, Ph.D. – Promising Post-doctoral Fellow Flavia Barbano, Ph.D. – Research Recognition Award,… [Read More]

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Cannabidiol: Not a Cure-All, but a Candidate for Coping With Cue-Induced Craving

Reviews To Read – February 2020. In this commentary, David Epstein evaluates a recent human-laboratory study that showed promising results for cannabidiol (CBD) as an anti-craving medication in people with recent histories of opioid use disorder (OUD). He emphasizes that people at different stages of opioid use or OUD have different needs, so potential treatments… [Read More]

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Intrinsic differences in insular circuits moderate the negative association between nicotine dependence and cingulate-striatal connectivity strength

Featured Paper of the Month – July 2020. Developing brain-based biomarkers to assess drug dependence, including nicotine dependence, are essential to assess and improve the current, marginally effective, treatments. In humans, using brain-based resting state functional connectivity, we have previously identified a circuit between the dorsal anterior cingulate cortex(ACC) and the striatum whose connectivity decreased… [Read More]

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