Neuropharmacology of addiction
The neuropharmacology addiction laboratory is led by Dr Elvan Djouma and is interested in the underlying mechanisms in the brain involved in drug-seeking behaviour and relapse to drugs of abuse.
Key projects include:
- Exploring the therapeutic action of SNAP 37889 in the treatment of alcoholism (funded by Understanding Disease RFA in collaboration with Dr Matt Hale and Professor Andrew Lawrence, Florey Institute).
- Characterising the role of the neuropeptide galanin (GAL), and the GAL receptor-3 (GALR3) in drug addiction.
- Characterising drug-seeking behaviour in GAL3-KO mice (in collaboration with Barbara Kofler, Salk, Austria).
- Methamphetamine psychosis: what happens in the brain? (in collaboration with Professor Maarten van den Buuse).