Key laboratory personnel
The goal of the Drug Abuse Research Laboratory is to improve our understanding of the interaction between pharmacological, environmental, and neurochemical variables that control drug abuse. The approach involves combining techniques of in vivo pharmacology with those of behavior analysis to study intravenous self-administration, drug discrimination, and the direct effects of drugs on the behavior of animals. Animal subjects serve as an excellent model for studying the effects of drugs of abuse under controlled laboratory conditions. With regard to pharmacology and neurochemistry, recent research has focused on the roles of D1 and D2 dopamine receptors, and the dopamine transporter, in the abuse of psychomotor stimulants such as cocaine. With regard to the role of the environment, current efforts are concentrated on understanding how environmental conditions determine the choice that animals (and humans) make among drug taking and other available activities.
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Jackson, MS 39216
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