2014 Pilot Grants awarded

Congratulations to the 2014 Pilot Grants recipients:

Dr. Xiaoxi Zhuang, University of Chicago. “GWAS of nicotine-induced behavioral sensitization in Drosophila”

Drs. Nancy Cox and Hae Kyung Im, University of Chicago. “Applying PrediXcan to Genes implicated in Rat Neurobehavioral Studies”

Dr. Martin Sarter, University of Michigan. “CHT regression as a Neuromarker of Sign-Tracking”

Dr. Paul Meyer, University at Buffalo. “The effects of cadherin-13 gene deletion on addiction-like behaviors”

Pilot Project Grants Submitted

Seven pilot project grant proposals for research projects connected to the NIDA Center for GWAS in Rats were submitted in response to the initial call for submissions. They span a wide range of research disciplines from fruit fly genetics to bioinformatics, each is intended to enhance the impact of the center. The principal investigator of … Read more…

The 2015 International Workshop on Statistical Genetic Methods for Human Complex Traits

A workshop on advanced methods in statistical genetics will be held in Boulder, Colorado, March 2nd to 6th, 2015. This workshop is intended for advanced students of statistical genetics who are interested in genome-wide association studies (GWAS). The local host is Dr. John K. Hewitt, Institute for Behavioral Genetics, University of Colorado. Dr. Benjamin Neale, … Read more…

University of Chicago establishes national center to study genetics of drug abuse in rats

Rats have a long and storied history as an important animal model for research, especially in the study of behavior. The University of Chicago has particularly strong historical ties to this field. John B. Watson, PhD 1903, considered the father of behaviorism — a philosophy that psychology should be based on observation and experiment to … Read more…

Special GENETICS issue on multiparental populations published

The journal GENETICS highlights articles on the study of multiparental populations in its current issue. As the limitations of two-parent cross designs have become obvious, geneticists are struggling with analysis of experimental populations that have more than two segregating alleles. The articles in the MPP collection, along with their data and transparent methods, should stimulate discussion and, … Read more…