Addiction poses an enormous health and fiscal burden on our society, not to mention the personal toll on those who struggle with it. From the well known examples of nicotine addiction and lung cancer to our increasing appreciation of the impact of addictive behaviors and obesity, addiction-related processes have the potential to negatively impact our quality of life in myriad ways. Learn about the revolutionary new tools in the field of neuroscience that are beginning to offer insights into brain circuitries and molecules involved in addiction.
Danny Winder, Ph.D. is a Professor of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics at Vanderbilt University, and co-director of the Neuroscience Program in Substance Abuse in the Vanderbilt Brain Institute. He received his Ph.D. from Emory University, and postdoctoral training at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons prior to joining the Vanderbilt School of Medicine faculty in 1999. He has been using mouse models to explore addiction mechanisms for over a decade.
Sachin Patel, M.D., Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, and Molecular Physiology & Biophysics at Vanderbilt University. He received his M.D. and Ph.D. from the Wisconsin School of Medicine, and did postdoctoral work and residency training at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine prior to joining the faculty. He has been using rodent models to study the brain cannabinoid system for over a decade.