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Circuit dysfunction at the intersection of alcohol and stress

Florence P. Varodayan, Ph.D.

Virginia Tech School of Neuroscience Faculty Recruitment Seminar    

Florence P. Varodayan, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Associate
The Scripps Research Institute

  • November 15, 2018
  • 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Fralin Auditorium

Stress plays a critical role in alcohol use disorders. Alcohol has anxiolytic properties and is often used as “self-medication” to cope with stress, while stress is a primary trigger for alcohol craving and relapse in alcoholic patients. The broad focus of my postdoctoral work has been to understand mechanistically how alcohol and stress dysregulate discrete brain circuits and synapses to promote the adverse behavioral outcomes associated with alcohol use disorders. Here I will discuss my work that highlights the synaptic influence of key brain stress systems (corticotropin releasing factor and norepinephrine) in the rodent amygdala and cortex.

Watch live via: www.youtube.com/user/fralinlifescience/live

For more information, contact Jonathan Hedrick

Watch live via: www.youtube.com/user/fralinlifescience/live

For more information, contact Jonathan Hedrick