Category: Faculty News
Published in Nature, research from the lab of Bryan L. Roth, MD, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Pharmacology, revealed the first-ever crystal structure of the dopamine 2 receptor bound to an antipsychotic drug – a much-needed discovery in the quest to create effective drugs with fewer side effects to treat bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and other conditions.
In a paper published in Cell, research led by Bryan Roth, MD, PhD, and Roth lab members, Tao Ch, PhD and Daniel Wacker, PhD, show how to activate only one kind of brain receptor vital for pain relief. This receptor is not involved in addiction or respiratory depression that leads to death – the most severe side effects of opioid use.
The center, established 20 years ago and led by Fulton Crews, PhD, Distinguished Professor in Pharmacology, will receive more than $8.7 million over five years to continue research on the effects of alcohol on the brain. Other pharmacology faculty who are PIs on the the grant are Clyde Hodge, PhD, Zoe McElligott, PhD, Tom Kash, PhD, Melissa Herman, PhD and Leslie Morrow, PhD.