Vulnerability to cocaine use: discovering common mechanisms conserved across animal phyla [ 2009 - 2011 ]

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Researchers Dr AB Barron; Dr JL Cornish; Dr R Maleszka

Brief description Drug abuse costs Australia an estimated $ 20 billion each year, and research is urgently needed to understand how drugs cause long-term behavioural dysfunction. Our research will identify the basal cellular mechanisms underlying drug abuse and addiction, which are likely to be the best targets for therapies to prevent and cure addiction. Our findings are also relevant to other neuropsychiatric disorders related to drug abuse (e.g. depression, anxiety) that are on the increase in Australia. Our work will enhance Australia's reputation for neuroscience research, and will provide training for students in neuropharmacology and molecular neurobiology.

Funding Amount $220,000

Funding Scheme Discovery Projects

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