• 2017 pilot grants awarded

Congratulations to the 2017 Pilot Grants recipients: Francesca Telese (University of California – San Diego). “Epigenetic mapping of complex traits in outbred rats”. Amelie Baud (EMBL-EBI). “Causal relationships between genetics, gut microbiota composition and drug abuse-related behaviours of NIH HS rats, and influence of cage mates”. Terry E. Robinson (University of Michigan). “Intermittent Access self-administration procedure (IntA) effect … Read more…

• Center for Microbiome Innovation provided seed funds for P50 to study gene-microbiome interaction

The P50 Center’s proposal, titled “Genome-wide mapping of gene-microbiome interaction: implication in behavior”, has been selected for funding by the UC San Diego’s Center for Microbiome Innovation. The purpose of these seed grants is to jump start microbiome research in San Diego and spark new research collaborations.

• NIDA Genetic Consortium meeting; deadline for abstract submission – Oct 16, 2016

The Genetics and Epigenetics Cross Cutting Research Team of the National Institute on Drug Abuse invites you to submit an abstract for the December 1-2, 2016 NIDA Genetics Consortium meeting at NIDA headquarters, 6001 Executive Blvd, Rockville, MD 20850.  The format for this NGC meeting will be mostly posters.    Please submit and forward this email … Read more…

• MCW Gene Editing Rat Resource Center announced 6th round of applications for genetically modified rats. Deadline is Sept 16, 2016

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) has awarded the Medical College of Wisconsin an R24 Resource grant to make ~200 genetically modified rat strains over the next five years. These models will be of interest and value to the mission of the NHLBI. The NHLBI promotes the prevention and treatment of heart, lung, … Read more…

• Cellular Biology of Addiction course by CSH is open for applications

The Cellular Biology of Addiction Course that is organized by the Cold Spring Harbor Meeting and Courses program will take place in Gonville & Caius College, University of Cambridge, UK,  July 31 – August 7, 2016. Application Deadline: April 30, 2016 Instructors: David Belin, Antonello Bonci, Christopher Evans, Brigitte Kieffer Speakers: Benjamin Boutrel, Jeff Dalley, Karen Ersche, … Read more…

• Research paper from Project 3 is accepted for publication in Psychopharmacology

The article, “Premature responding is associated with approach to a food cue in male and female heterogeneous stock rats”, was accepted for publication in Psychopharmacology. Authors include Christopher King, Abraham Palmer, Leah Solberg Woods, Larry Hawk, Jerry Richards, and Paul Meyer. This study is part of Research Project 3 (“Association between behavioral regulation and cocaine … Read more…

• 4th Brain Awareness Day, October 24, 2015

4th Brain Awareness Day gathered 100+ high school students, teachers and other guests. Brain Awareness Day was supported in part by NIDA Center for GWAS in Outbred Rats. Oksana Polesskaya, PhD., Scientific Coordinator, presented overview of Center’s research. Nicholas Grahame, Ph.D., Eva E. Redei, Ph.D., and Erik Jorgensen, Ph.D. delivered lectures on topics related to brain … Read more…