About the Program
The Alcohol Training Program is an Institutional Research Training Program funded by a T32 training grant from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. The program supports the training of predoctoral and postdoctoral fellows in basic science, translational, and clinical research on alcohol problems as they are related to neuroscience and behavior. Intertwined with the Waggoner Center for Alcohol & Addiction Research, our program provides state-of-the-art research training with a diverse and highly collaborative group of faculty members from seven research units (Behavioral Neuroscience, Clinical Psychology, Molecular Biosciences, Neurology, Neuroscience, Pharmacology-Toxicology, and Psychiatry) and four graduate programs (Cellular and Molecular Biology, Neuroscience, Pharmacology-Toxicology, and Psychology). Research areas include cellular and animal models as well as human subjects research across a breadth of innovative approaches including molecular biology and genetics, bioinformatics, cellular imaging, electrophysiology, neuroanatomy, neurochemistry, pharmacology, human imaging, and behavior.
Eligibility: Trainees must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
For more information and details about application procedures, contact Dr. Kim Nixon, Training Grant Director.
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Alcohol Training Program Faculty
Novel mechanisms of target identification and drug discovery for alcoholic neuropathology
Associate Professor/Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Neuroimaging research focusing on the use of functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) to investigate biomarkers of disorders
Molecular and genetic mechanisms of alcohol effects on ion channels in Drosophila
Assistant Professor of Health Outcomes
Understanding the health, economic, and social consequences of alcohol misuse and evaluating treatments, and population-level interventions that reduce the burden of alcohol use.
Associate Professor/Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Specializes in the treatment of PTSD and other traumatic stress-related symptoms in adults, primarily using treatment modalities of exposure therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy
Neural-endocrine regulation of motivated behaviors and associated disorders like addiction
Analyzes crest cell behavior in zebrafish, looking not only into the signaling pathways involved in cell behaviors, but also the genetic and environmental modifiers mediating these behaviors
Circadian and neuroimmune interactions of alcohol use
Psychosocial aspects of alcohol research
Roles of amygdala-dopamine systems in learning and memory
Assistant Professor/Dell Medical School, Psychiatry
Understanding neural systems related to risk, onset and early disease progression in affective and alcohol use disorders
Understanding the biological bases of addiction
Research Professor/Waggoner Center for Alcohol and Addiction Research
Identification of molecular mechanisms of alcohol action using genomic and proteomic approaches
Alcohol’s role in neuroinflammation in multiple sclerosis
Identification of drug targets and strategies that could lead to new treatments for substance use disorders
Neurophysiology of the brain reward circuit and drug addiction
High-throughput analyses of the neuroproteome to gain insight on the mechanisms of drug and alcohol addiction
The underlying causes and potential cures for Down syndrome and Alzheimer’s disease, and how drugs such as ethanol and anesthetics affect the nervous system