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NIDA Genetics Consortium meeting held on June 16 at UCSD

The NIDA Genetics Consortium meeting was held on Saturday June 16th on the UCSD campus at the Medical Education and Telemedicine Building. Speakers from all over the world came to discuss recent advances in genetics and genomics as well as the genetics of substance abuse and addiction. See the full schedule here! Dr. Abraham Palmer presented a …

High school student Daniel Liu participates in Research Experiences for High School and Undergraduate Students (REHU) funded by P50 Center

Daniel Liu, a student from Torrey Pines High School, participated in the Research Experiences for High School and Undergraduate Students (REHU) program funded by the P50 Center (P50DA037844, “Integrated GWAS of complex behavioral and gene expression traits in outbred rats”). Daniel worked with Dr. Jianjun Gao on developing new software to process sequencing data for …

Dr. Abraham Palmer and P50 Center receives seed grant from UCSD Center for Microbiome Innovation

The P50 Center’s proposal, titled “Genome-wide mapping of gene-microbiome interaction: implication in behavior”, has been selected for funding by the UC San Diego’s Center for Microbiome Innovation. The purpose of these seed grants is to jump start microbiome research in San Diego and spark new research collaborations. The NIDA National Center of Excellence for Genome-Wide …

Article co-authored by P50 collaborators and Abraham Palmer accepted for publication in Psychopharmacology

The article, “Premature responding is associated with approach to a food cue in male and female heterogeneous stock rats”, was accepted for publication in Psychopharmacology. Authors include Christopher King, Abraham Palmer, Leah Solberg Woods, Larry Hawk, Jerry Richards, and Paul Meyer. This study is part of Research Project 3 (“Association between behavioral regulation and cocaine …

Oksana Polesskaya presents at Conte Center’s 4th Annual Brain Awareness Day on October 24th

The Conte Center at the University of Chicago held its 4th annual Brain Awareness Day on October 24, 2015. The event gathered over 100 high school students, teachers, and other guests. Brain Awareness Day was supported in part by the NIDA Center for GWAS in Outbred Rats. Oksana Polesskaya (Scientific Coordinator) presented an overview of …

2nd annual retreat for the NIDA Gene and Addiction Center held at UChicago on October 16-17th!

The second annual retreat for the NIDA National Center for GWAS in Outbred Rats was held on October 16-17th! Twenty three Center members and ten Advisory Board members from across the nation gathered on the University of Chicago campus to discuss the progress and future directions of the projects. The NIDA National Center of Excellence …

Shibani Chettri presents at the Gene and Addiction Center’s REHU Symposium on August 13th!

The Gene and Addiction Center’s first Research Experience for High School and Undergraduate Students (REHU) concluded with a symposium on August 13th in the Gordon Center for Integrative Science at the University of Chicago. Shibani Chettri of the Palmer Lab presented the results of her 10-week summer research project. Her talk was titled “GLO1 Inhibitors …

Rat Genetics and Genomics for Psychiatric Disorders and Addiction workshop held on June 29th

The first Rat Genetics and Genomics for Psychiatric Disorders and Addiction workshop was held on Monday June 29th in the Ida Noyes Hall at the University of Chicago. Speakers from all over the world came to discuss recent advances in rat genetics and genomics as well as the genetics of substance abuse and addiction. See …