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Melissa Herman, PhD, discusses her research on popular podcast Science Vs

September 26, 2023

Associate Professor of Pharmacology Melissa Herman, PhD, was featured in one of the nation’s most popular science podcasts, Science Vs, in an episode that examines common misconceptions regarding vaping and health. Dr. Herman discussed her lab’s research using preclinical rodent models to examine how nicotine intake via vape exposure affects inhibitory synaptic responses in the … Read more

Jessica Hoffman, PhD, receives PARE award for excellence in postdoctoral research

August 31, 2023

BCAS postdoctoral fellow Jessica Hoffman, PhD, is one of five postdoctoral scholars in 2023 to receive the Postdoctoral Award for Research Excellence (PARE), administered by the UNC Office of Postdoctoral Affairs. The PARE award recognizes outstanding research promise demonstrated by individual postdoctoral scholars. Dr. Hoffman is also a recent recipient of the prestigious K99/R00 Pathway … Read more

Morrow Lab Publishes Research on Brain Activity During Stress in Rats

August 15, 2023

Leslie Morrow, PhD, and her lab recently published their research on the deleterious interaction between the neurosteroid (3α,5α)3-hydroxypregnan-20-one (3α,5α-THP) and the mu-opioid system activation during forced swim stress in rats in the journal of Biomolecules. In a previous study, Dr. Morrow and her lab observed that 3α,5α-THP down-regulation of HPA axis activity during stress is … Read more

Herman Lab Publishes Research on Affective States and Ethanol Intake in Rats

August 15, 2023

Melissa Herman, PhD, and her lab recently published their research investigating the relationship between affective states and ethanol (EtOH) intake using male and female Sprague-Dawley rats in the journal Psychopharmacology. Dr. Herman and her team observed sex- and test- specific differences in basal affective behavior. In female rats only, depressive-like behavior predicted future EtOH intake, … Read more

BCAS Faculty Leslie Morrow’s Research Highlighted in Wall Street Journal

August 15, 2023

Leslie Morrow, PhD, and her lab’s research was recently highlighted in an article published by the Wall Street Journal on postpartum depression in the United States. The article emphasizes the extensive range of challenges faced by new mothers in the U.S, including limited access to mental health services, rising healthcare costs, and therapist shortages. An … Read more

11 BCAS Members Certified for CPR/AED

August 4, 2023

In an effort to improve safety and emergency preparedness, 11 BCAS faculty, staff, and postdocs received training and certification in Adult and Pediatric CPR/AED. The two-hour class was offered through UNC’s Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) Workplace Safety section, and certification is through the American Red Cross. Classes are available for other UNC departments by … Read more

BCAS Postdoc Flanigan Accepts Position at MUSC

August 4, 2023

Meghan Flanigan, PhD, has recently accepted a new position as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neuroscience at the Medical University of South Carolina. In this role, she will build upon her significant contributions to alcohol studies research at the Alcohol Research Center. She completed her post-doctoral training under the mentorship of Dr. Tom … Read more