The Central Nucleus Of The Amygdala And Alcohol-Seeking Behaviour

Grant number: DP0556710

Abstract

Alcohol abuse and alcoholism is a significant problem in Australia (and throughout the world). However, pharmacological interventions remain limited due to our poor understanding of the neural networks underlying addictive processes. These experiments will explain how the positive rewarding and negative reinforcing aspects of alcohol are transduced within the brain. We believe that our research will facilitate the ability to treat alcoholism at a pharmacological level, enabling the continuation of abstinence or the prevention of relapse, while allowing other factors such as social support structure and coping skills to be developed for each individual, with flow-on social and economic benefi..

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