January 14, 2020

This new paper provide the first brain map of alcohol dependence at single cell resolution in an animal model of Alcohol use disorder.

Employing advanced technologies that allow whole brain imaging at single-cell resolution, researchers at University of Califo...

January 14, 2020

This paper provide preclinical evidence that targeting the D3 receptors may provide efficacy in the treatment of opioid use disorder.

Using an animal model for the study of opioid use disorder, researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine report...

January 13, 2020

This new paper identify a neuropeptide that is acting in a key brain region responsible for opioid dependence and demonstrates that it is possible to reverse the motivation to use opioids in opioid-dependent rats.

More than 2 million indivi...

November 21, 2019

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Postdoc Position available, apply here

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The George lab is seeking applicants for a postdoctoral position (Research Associate) available now. The successful applicant will receive training under NIAAA- and/or NIDA-funded research programs (R01...

August 17, 2019

Senior undergraduate student interns Linda Reyna and Nathan Rizo gave 15 minute presentations on their research at the Annual UC San Diego Summer Research Conference on August 9th 2019. Linda Reyna, working under the mentorship of Hassiba Beljould, presented her work o...

August 17, 2019

Senior undergraduate student interns, Lani Tieu and Jennifer Ren, presented their research at the 11th Annual UC San Diego Division of Biological Science Student Research Showcase on June 5, 2019. Lani Tieu presented her work on a pre-clinical model of nicotine vapor s...

August 17, 2019

Undergraduate student intern, Nathan Rizo, presents to High School students and the Junior Scientist Training Program at Scripps Research. This outreach event, hosted by The Community Teaching Lab at Scripps Research targeted High School and Middle School students for...

June 5, 2019

If you are interested in using the CocaineBiobank or OxycodoneBiobank for your research but do not have dedicated funding, you can apply here to a Pilot Grant program managed by the NIDA Center of Excellence in Omics, Systems Genetics, and the Addictome (OSGA). 


May 8, 2019

The George lab is excited to announce that two of our members have received awards to attend the Research Society on Alcoholism annual conference.

Marcella Hughes, an undergraduate researcher in the laboratory, received a Student Merit Award.

She will be presenting a pos...

May 8, 2019

Three undergraduate students working in the laboratory will be giving 15 minute presentations on May 18th at the UCSD Undergraduate Research Conference. The students who will be presenting are Alejandro Valdivia, Jennifer Ren, and Shealan Cruise.

Alejandro and Jennifer...

April 14, 2019

Shealan Cruise is an undergraduate researcher in the George laboratory who has been working with Dr. Adam Kimbrough on projects involving oxycodone and alcohol dependence. Shealan will be presenting a research poster on a study from the laboratory at the UCSD Psycholog...

March 26, 2019

This new paper identify a key brain network responsible for alcohol dependence and demonstrates that it is possible to reverse the desire to drink in alcohol-dependent rats by targeting this specific group of neurons using lasers.

In a new study published...

February 11, 2019

After 13 years at The Scripps Research Institute, I am excited to announce that the George Lab will be moving to the University of California San Diego this April!

The lab will be in the Department of Psychiatry in the School of Medicine and the Skaggs School of Pharmac...

October 17, 2018

The George lab demonstrates that a novel enzymatic approach that prevents nicotine from reaching the brain not only decrease the level of nicotine dependence, but also decreases compulsive nicotine intake and relapse in animal models.

In a study published online in Scie...

October 14, 2018

The George lab identified the orphan receptor GPR139 as a potential target for the treatment of compulsive alcohol drinking and hyperalgesia during alcohol withdrawal.

This study, lead by Dr. Jenni Kononoff provides 

robust preclinical evide...

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Gordon Research Conference: Alcohol and the Nervous System

Dr. George will be speaking. "What's Driving Escalation of Alcohol Drinking? Evidence in Favor of the Crystallization Hypothesis"

Developing a Clearer Vision of the Integrated Neural Actions of Ethanol

Match 1-6, 2020

Galveston, TX

Gordon Research Conference: Addiction Research: From Molecules to Circuits to Treatment

Dr. George will be speaking. "The Escalation Model of Drug Addiction"

Addiction Research: From Molecules to Circuits to Treatment

August 16-21, 2020

Newry, ME

New Mexico Medical Cannabis Conference

Dr. George will be speaking. "Effect of CBD on Nicotine Dependence"

March 15, 2020

Albuquerque , NM

Research Society on Alcoholism

Dr. Kimbrough will be speaking. "Brain wide neural activation in animal models of alcohol abuse and dependence"

June 22-26th, 2019

Minneapolis, Minnesota

NeuroHIV Emerging Issues and Substance Abuse Joint Colloquium Nov 22-24th 2018

Dr. George will be speaking on "Identification of novel targets for cocaine and opioid use disorders using heterogeneous stock rats."

Outreach: Science Saturday Nov 17th 2018

Dr. George will be speaking on “Drug Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope”

Finding new therapies to fight drug addiction: The lecture will describe the effects of drugs on the brain, including alcohol, nicotine, cocaine and opioids; why some people, but not others, develop an addiction; and highlight new therapeutic strategies to fight addiction.

Scripps Research scientists and researchers bring the excitement and passion of research to middle and high school students. Every lecture highlights the cutting-edge research occurring at The Scripps Research Institute and provides a window into the life of a scientist.

"Drug Addiction & Mental Disorders" & "Impulse Control Disorders"

Dr. George is teaching PSYC 179 and PSYC188 at UCSD in Summer and Fall 2018

Summer and Fall 2018

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