Featured Paper of the Month – September 2018. Methamphetamine addiction is a public health threat throughout the world. Investigators in Dr. Cadet’s laboratory in the intramural program have developed a rat model of methamphetamine addiction that includes one of the psychiatric criteria used to make that diagnosis in humans. In that model, they used footshocks… [Read More]
Reviews To Read – August 28, 2018. The increasing use of marijuana, its derivatives, and synthetic cannabinoids for medicinal and recreational purposes has increased interest in understanding the addictive potential of this class of molecules. Studies show that nearly 1 in 10 marijuana users will eventually show signs of dependence on the drug, which is… [Read More]
Featured Paper of the Month – August 2018. Methamphetamine seeking progressively increases after withdrawal from drug self-administration, a phenomenon termed incubation of methamphetamine craving. We previously found that D1R-mediated dopamine transmission in dorsomedial striatum plays a critical role in this incubation phenomenon. Here, we used neuroanatomical and neuropharmacological methods in rats to demonstrate that an… [Read More]
Featured Paper of the Month – July 2018. Using knowledge of the structure of the world to infer value is at the heart of model-based reasoning and relies on a circuit that includes the orbitofrontal cortex (OFC). Some accounts link this to the representation of biological significance or value by neurons in OFC, while other models focus on the representation of… [Read More]
Reviews To Read – June 14, 2018. This review, which is part of a special issue of Psychopharmacology on “Extinction” summarizes recent research on similarities and differences in the neuronal mechanisms of context-induced relapse after extinction-imposed abstinence (the classical model) versus context-induced relapse after punishment-imposed abstinence (the new model).
Tuesday June 19, 2018 • 2 – 3 pm in the BRC Atrium Panel discussion on mental health in college & career Topics will include: Self-identity Managing recovery Managing stress and workload Warning signs Seeking support and help Mentoring students Supporting marginalized students Advocating for yourself Bring your questions for the panelists or submit anonymously via… [Read More]
Featured Paper of the Month – June 2018. Our brains always work, consciously or unconsciously. Functional connectivity MRI has identified so-called resting state brain networks (e.g. default mode network). Aberrant activity in such networks is implicated in neurological and psychiatric disorders. This work applies simultaneous electrophysiological recording and functional MRI to investigate the neurophysiological basis… [Read More]
The NIDA Eliminating Stigma Team held its first coffeehouse event on Thursday May 10th, titled “The Coffeehouse: Art of Recovery.” The audience experienced powerful stories of struggle and triumph over mental illness and drug addiction through performances and presentations of poetry, spoken word, visual art, photography, and music. The event turned the atrium into a… [Read More]
Join the NIDA IRP for an Eliminating Stigma Series event. Experience stories of struggle and triumph over addiction and mental illness through spoken word, art, and music. Coffee and light refreshments will be served. May 10, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm in the Biomedical Research Center Atrium.
Featured Paper of the Month – May 2018. Fentanyl is a potent synthetic opioid used clinically to treat pain and as a general anesthetic. Recently, fentanyl has emerged as a recreational drug and its overdose has been linked to numerous deaths in the US. To better understand how fentanyl affects the brain, we used electrochemical… [Read More]