Training Program in the Neurobiology
of Drug Abuse of Emory University

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Program Director
Michael J. Kuhar, Ph.D.

This Training Program in the Neurobiology of Drug Abuse focuses on brain mechanisms of drug use/abuse/dependence with a view towards developing treatments. The Program is interdisciplinary and offers training in gene expression, gene profiling, drug receptors, signal transduction, neurotransmitters and neuroanatomy of reward/reinforcement, animal models, behavioral effects of drugs, medications development, genetics and brain imaging in animals and humans.

The goal is to produce scientists who have a depth of expertise in their respective approach and a breadth of expertise in the neurobiology of drug abuse. In addition to an emphasis on technical research skills, this program will develop written and oral communications skills, the ability to critically assess papers, data and proposals, familiarity with grant/contract/proposal writing, ethical awareness and a knowledge of the cutting edge research problems and questions in the field of drug abuse. "Hands-on" research, courses, journal clubs and meetings comprise the training.

The Training Faculty derives from 5 departments and has a record of outstanding achievements. The core of the Faculty consists of NIDA funded investigators as well as other strong investigators whose work intersects the Drug Abuse area and who have a strong interest in expanding their work more formally in drug abuse. The Faculty includes experienced Full and Associate Professors as well as more junior investigators who add substantial expertise and who are committed to developing a program in Drug Abuse research.

The Program is designed to support predoctoral fellows after they have completed their Doctoral Qualifying exams, usually at the end of their second year. In addition, it supports postdoctoral fellows with varying experience. The duration of support for any given trainee will vary from one year (the minimum), to 3 years (rarely, and the maximum) so that many trainees will have the opportunity for support. All fellows supported by the DAT32 will be encouraged to apply for other funds for subsequent years. Therefore the program will be a strong complement to the individual NRSA and other funding programs.