• 2022 pilot grants awarded

Congratulations to the 2022 Pilot Grants recipients: Philip Boone, MD, PhD (Massachusetts General Hospital).Project: “Generating a rat model of Cadm2 intronic recursive splice site deletion”. Brittany Kuhn, PhD (Medical University of South Carolina).Project: “NAcc D1/D2-MSN functional plasticity and morphology in heroin vulnerable and resilient rats”. Marsida Kallupi, PhD (University of California – San Diego).Project: “Characterization of addiction-like behaviors … Read more…

• Manuscript accepted for publication in Frontiers Psychiatry

The manuscript, “Genome-wide association study on three behaviors tested in an open field in heterogeneous stock rats identifies multiple loci implicated in psychiatric disorders”, was accepted for publication in Frontiers Psychiatry. Mustafa Hakan Gunturkun, Tengfei Wang, Apurva S. Chitre, Angel Garcia Martinez, Katie Holl, Celine St. Pierre, Hannah Bimschleger, Jianjun Gao, Riyan Cheng, Oksana Polesskaya, … Read more…

• Christopher King awarded T32 fellowship: Research Training on Alcohol Etiology and Treatment

Christopher King started on a T32 training grant (Research Training on Alcohol Etiology and Treatment: T32AA007583) with the University at Buffalo Clinical and Research Institute on Addictions. The training grant focuses on alcohol use etiology and mechanisms in humans and preclinical settings. Program details Congratulations to Chris!

• The 2021 Complex Trait Consortium (CTC) meeting was held virtually from Manchester, UK from September 1-3, 2021.

18th Annual Meeting of the Complex Trait Community in collaboration with the Rat Genomics Community ran virtually September 1-3, 2021. Many HS rats researchers joined this meeting. List of talks on HS rats at CTC-2021: Munro Daniel, University of California San Diego, USA; Title: Identification of regulatory landscape in multiple brain regions of outbred heterogeneous … Read more…

• RatGTEx portal is live! RatGTEx portal provides gene expression and eQTL data for different rat tissues.

We are creating the RatGTEx portal to provide gene expression and eQTL data for different rat tissues. The pilot version of this portal is available at ratgtex.org. In addition to data downloads, it has interactive visualizations that can display results for queried genes, variants, and tissues. It will specify a standard processing pipeline and data formats … Read more…

• Dr. Palmer and Dr. Leah Solberg Woods presented at the Quantitative Genomics for Space Biology Workshop

Dr. Palmer and Dr. Leah Solberg Woods presented at the Quantitative Genomics for Space Biology Workshop on May 26, 2021. Exploration of deep space by humans requires a better understanding of how multiple environmental factors encountered during spaceflight (e.g., radiation, microgravity, altered atmospheric composition) impact biological systems including astronauts, plants, and relevant microbiomes. The goal … Read more…

• Olivier George, PhD is featured by several media outlets

 “Two Novel Biobanks Offer Investigatory Targets for Cocaine and Oxycodone Addiction,” features Olivier George, PhD. UC Health – UC San DiegoTwo Novel Biobanks Offer Investigatory Targets for Cocaine and Oxycodone AddictionResearchers have created to novel biobanks of diverse tissues from animals to further explore the biological bases and consequences of addiction to cocaine and oxycodone. News-Medical.netNew … Read more…