New evidence from the Hodge Lab shows that moderate alcohol drinking exacerbates brain and behavioral pathologies associated with Alzheimer’s disease

November 13, 2019

New evidence from the Hodge Lab shows that moderate alcohol drinking exacerbates brain and behavioral pathologies associated with Alzheimer’s disease   The consequences of non-dependent alcohol drinking on health and well-being in older adults is not fully understood. Evidence suggests that alcohol abuse during mid-life exacerbates age-related cognitive decline and may increase the risk of … Continued

Congratulations to Dr. Thomas Kash for receiving the Jacob P. Waletzky Award from the Society for Neuroscience

October 29, 2019

    Dr. Thomas Kash received the Jacob P. Waletzky Award from The Society for Neuroscience (SfN) at Neuroscience 2019. This award is given to a young scientist whose independent research has led to significant conceptual and empirical contributions to the understanding of drug addiction. Recipients receive $25,000 and give an award presentation at the NIDA -NIAAA Mini Convention … Continued

Congratulations to Dr. Melissa Herman for winning the NARSAD Young Investigator Award

October 29, 2019

The BBRF Young Investigator Grant program provides support for the most promising young scientists conducting neurobiological and psychiatric research. This program facilitates innovative research opportunities and supports basic, translational, and clinical researchers. Melissa Herman, Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, aims to better understand underlying cellular actions and brain region-specific effects of the … Continued

“Alcohol and the Teenage Brain” from the Society for Neuroscience and BrainFacts.org, featuring Dr. Donita Robinson and Dr. Bonnie Nagel

August 30, 2019

Recorded webinar: “Alcohol and the Teenage Brain” from the Society for Neuroscience and BrainFacts.org, featuring Dr. Donita Robinson and Dr. Bonnie Nagel. Teens are wired to seek novel, exciting experiences and take risks. All too often, that leads to experimentation with drugs and alcohol. The teen brain is especially sensitive to the effects of alcohol, … Continued

Dr. Markus Heilig receives the 2019 Bowles Award

June 4, 2019

BCAS congratulates Dr. Markus Heilig for winning the 2019 Bowles Lectureship Award.  The Bowles Award is given annually to honor a distinguished researcher who has made significant contributions to our understanding of the causes, prevention and/or treatment of alcoholism and alcohol abuse. Dr. Heilig presented a lecture entitled “How we got alcohol addiction wrong: One … Continued

2 New papers from the McElligott Lab

April 9, 2019

Led by Brennon Luster and Liz Cogan, examining how repeated morphine withdrawal alters behavior and inhibitory synapses in male and female mice, published in Addiction Biology. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/adb.12748   Viewpoint led by Karl Schmidt describing new developments in distinguishing dopamine and norepinephrine with various  techniques published in ACS Chemical Neuroscience. https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acschemneuro.9b00157  

Scientists Discover How Neuroactive Steroids Dampen Inflammatory Signaling in Immune System and Brain led by Dr. A. Leslie Morrow, Ph.D.

March 1, 2019

  Led by A. Leslie Morrow, PhD, research shows how new compounds could target specific brain cell receptors to treat a wide variety of conditions, such as alcoholism, Alzheimer’s, depression, and posttraumatic stress. For the first time, scientists discovered how neuroactive steroids naturally found in the brain and bloodstream inhibit the activity of a specific … Continued

Fall 2019 Seminar Series

January 7, 2019

Monday, Aug 26th Marisela Morales, M.S., Ph.D., Senior Investigator, Director, Chief of Integrative Neuroscience Research Branch, Chief of Neuronal Networks Section, Core Facilities., National Institute on Drug Abuse. “Neuronal diversity within the ventral tegmental area and co-release of neurotransmitters” Monday, Sept 9th Abigail Agoglia, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Research Trainee, Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies, The University of … Continued

Dr. Clyde Hodge receives NIH grant supplement to develop research on Alzheimer’s disease and Alzheimer’s-related dementias.

November 19, 2018

Dr. Clyde Hodge receives NIH grant supplement to develop research on Alzheimer’s disease and Alzheimer’s-related dementias. Dr. Hodge has received a 1-yr grant through the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) to supplement his currently funded R37 MERIT award from the NIAAA. The laboratory’s ongoing work … Continued