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...

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...

July 5, 2018

The George lab, in collaboration with multiple research groups, published several studies that identify key brain mechanisms responsible for drug and nicotine addiction.

These studies 1) provide robust preclinical evidence fort the efficacy of deep brain stimu...

July 5, 2018

Dr. de Guglielmo from the George lab published a new study in collaboration with the Palmer lab (UCSD) that provide robust preclinical evidence that a novel compound called pBBG is more effective in reducing alcohol intake in dependent rats than in nondepende...

July 2, 2018

Dr. George published a new review article in collaboration with Dr. Koob that argues that characterization of the neuropsychological mechanisms that underlie individual differences in addiction-like behaviors is the key to understanding the mechanisms of addiction and...

January 9, 2018

The George lab published a new study in collaboration with the Janda lab providing preclinical evidence that a newly engineered enzyme can degrade nicotine in the blood so that nicotine cannot reach the brain and produce dependency effects.

This preclinical st...

August 26, 2017

The George lab published a new study providing preclinical evidence that several months of alcohol binge-like drinking facilitates the transition to compulsive-like alcohol drinking, but that regular drinking ultimately leads to similar level of compulsive drinking.

Thi...

May 27, 2017

The George lab published a new invited review in collaboration with Dr. Bruce Hope at the National Institute on Drugs of Abuse (NIDA) on the identification of specific neuronal ensembles responsible for different aspects of alcohol use disorder.

This review is part of a...

April 11, 2017

The George lab published a new study providing preclinical evidence that self-administration of alcohol vapor produces alcohol dependence in rats.

This preclinical study lead by Dr. de Guglielmo (Senior Research Associate in the George lab) demonstrates voluntary induct...

February 1, 2017

The George lab published a novel study providing preclinical evidence that deep brain stimulation can decrease the motivation for heroin in dependent rats.

This preclinical study lead by Dr. Wade (former postdoc in the George lab now at University of MInnesota) and in c...

September 7, 2016

The George lab published a novel study identifying a neuronal network that may be critical for alcoholism.

This preclinical study lead by Dr. De Guglielmo (postdoc in the George lab) demonstrates that the behaviors associated with alcohol dependence may be reversed by...

December 29, 2015

The George lab in collaboration with the Messing lab (University of Texas at Austin), the Janak lab (University of San Francisco), and the National Institute of Health published a novel CRF-Cre transgenic rat that will allow researchers to precisely control and observe...

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