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Neurobiology of addiction

This research project is mainly focused on the risk factors that enhance vulnerability to addiction to alcohol, drugs (nicotine, cocaine, heroin, cannabinoids, amphetamine), and food. These risk factors include age, genetics, gender, environment (stress), and psychiatric comorbidity (schizophrenia, anxiety, depression).

Behavioral, electrophysiological, biochemical, pharmacological, genetic, and molecular approaches are routinely used to study brain development and plasticity as well as the central mechanisms through which alcohol, nicotine, drugs of abuse, and palatable food affect behavior and neuronal activity.

This research has led to the identification of novel, potentially effective pharmacotherapies for alcohol and nicotine dependence.

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Cristina Cadoni                                     Giancarlo Colombo Liana Fattore
Cecilia Gotti Paola Maccioni Elisabetta Maciocco
Maria Paola Mascia Maria Cristina Mostallino Anna Lisa Muntoni
Augusta Pisanu Maria Giuseppina Pisu Patrizia Porcu 
Giuseppe Talani                                   
     
Antonio Argiolas (Associate) Giovanni Biggio (Associate) Ezio Carboni (Associate)
Alessandra Concas (Associate) Gaetano Di Chiara (Associate) Gianluigi Gessa (Associate)
Marco Pistis (Associate) Maria Elvina Sala (Associate) Enrico Sanna (Associate)
Mariangela Serra (Associate)