drug abuse Archives
Histamine circuits in brain reward center
Oct. 29, 2020—Histamine — commonly associated with allergies — also has a signaling role in the brain’s reward center and may offer a novel target for treating addiction.
Investigators find that bile acids reduce cocaine reward
Aug. 30, 2018—Bile acids — gut compounds that aid in the digestion of dietary fats — reduce the desire for cocaine, according to a new study by researchers at Vanderbilt and the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Shaping reward circuits
May. 18, 2018—Using techniques to control and monitor the activities of individual neurons, Vanderbilt investigators are probing the brain’s reward circuitry.
An immune regulator of addiction
Aug. 4, 2017—Although drug addiction is classically studied in a neuron-centric way, Vanderbilt researchers have discovered that the immune system also plays a critical role.
Probing drug abuse circuitry
Nov. 4, 2016—Vanderbilt researchers have identified cocaine-induced modifications at specific neuronal connections, which could aid the development of new therapies for substance abuse disorders.
Diabetes drugs may ease addiction
Jul. 18, 2016—Drugs that are being used clinically to treat obesity and diabetes may also have a role in treating drug abuse.