Connecting European Neuroscience

Ph.D. Student in Brighton/UK

19 February 2019

Ph.D. Student in Brighton/UK

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Effective treatment options and long-lasting recovery from substance use disorders have been elusive because of the propensity of drug misusers to relapse into drug-seeking and -taking. The reinstatement of these behaviours is often precipitated by re-exposure to conditioned stimuli (CS), or cues, associated with drug use. Importantly, there is considerable individual variation in the degree to which cues exert motivational control over behaviour. Accordingly, the student’s research will address one of the following:

1) Does variation in neurotransmission and intracellular signalling contribute to how strongly cues motivate behaviour?

2) Can we develop new translational animal models of substance use disorder that reflect how people procure and take drugs, and how variation in these patterns of drug-use impact potential for relapse?

Various techniques may be used to address these questions, including rodent behavioural procedures, fast-scan cyclic voltammetry, dendritic imaging, photometry, pharmacology, and biochemistry.

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University of Sussex
School of Psychology

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Bryan Singer
University of Sussex,
Falmer, Brighton,
BN1 9RH,
United Kingdom

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