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...

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...

August 25, 2017

Postdoc Position available, apply here

Research Description:

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/U01)....

February 10, 2017

Postdoc Position available, apply here

Research Description:

The George lab (www.oliviergeorge.com) is seeking applications for postdoctoral traineeships. The successful applicant will receive training under support from a Collaborative Research on Addiction at NIH (CRAN...

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...

June 23, 2016

Larry Parsons passed away 2 days ago and we all lost a part of ourselves in the process.

It has been a very rough couple of days for us, for every single lab in the department, at TSRI, for so many scientist throughout the country and most importantly for Larr...

January 23, 2016

Interview with Chelsea Handler is out on Netflix. In her new documentary, Chelsea Handler explores the power of drugs, smokes up with Willie Nelson, interview Dr. Olivier George, hears addicts' stories and travel to Peru to try ayahuasca.




January 11, 2016

Apply now to join the George Lab this summer and get paid during your internship! 


The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)  invites high school and undergraduate students interested in pursuing a career in science to submit applications for the 2016 NIDA Summer Re...

September 19, 2015

Drs. George and Contet were among the presenters at the San Diego BRAIN Consortium’s (SDBC) recent inaugural symposium, “Neurotechnology Research in San Diego,” which highlighted cutting-edge research in the region related to the Obama administration’s Brain Research t...

July 29, 2015

Increasing awareness of the dramatic impact of drug addiction on our society and providing novel therapeutic approaches to cure drug addiction are key missions of TSRI researchers in the George lab.


LA JOLLA, CA – July 29 2015 – Nature Outlook: Addiction is a very int...

April 14, 2015

Addiction research laboratory: Olivier George, scripps research institute, californiaTSRI Researchers Discover Neuronal Network Behind the Facilitating Effect of Nicotine on Alcohol Dependence


LA JOLLA, CA – March 11, 2015 – Why do smokers have a five to ten times greater risk of developing alcohol dependence than nonsmokers? Do smokers have a greater...

March 12, 2015

TSRI Researchers Discover New Mechanism that Plays Key Role in Methamphetamine Addiction


LA JOLLA, CA – March 11, 2015 – Methamphetamine abuse and dependence is a major issue in the US. More than 1 million people used methamphetamine in the past year and its use is ass...

January 16, 2015

Postdoc Position available immediately, apply though link.





Research Description:

The George lab (www.oliviergeorge.com) is seeking applications for postdoctoral traineeships. The successful applicant will receive t...

November 17, 2014

TSRI Researchers Discover New Type of Neuron that Plays Key Role in Nicotine Addiction

LA JOLLA, CA – November 17, 2014 – For decades, scientists thought drug addiction was the result of two separate systems in the brain—the reward system, which was activated when a per...

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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.

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