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.
|Cristina Cadoni||Giancarlo Colombo||Liana Fattore|
|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)||Gaetano Di Chiara (Associate)|
|Gianluigi Gessa (Associate)||Cecilia Gotti (Associate)||Maria Elvina Sala (Associate)|
|Enrico Sanna (Associate)|