Behavioral Pharmacology Laboratory

Alyssa DeLarge, PhD Student

Laura Erwin, PhD Student

Zachary Bondy, PhD Student

Mark Nilges, PhD

Peter Weed, PhD, Assistant Faculty Member

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Research Interest

For the past fifteen years, my research projects have focused primarily on the behavioral pharmacology of all classes of drugs of abuse, including alcohol, in a variety of animal species.  Recently, in collaboration with Louisiana State University’s Alcohol Research Center, my laboratory began studies aimed at evaluating the neuropsychological deficits produced by alcohol and marijuana in SIV-infected rhesus monkeys.  By participating in these studies, I also became interested in how drug abuse during adolescence can produce long-term deficits in brain function.  Drug abuse during adolescence, a significant period of maturation, may enhance an individual’s vulnerability to the central nervous system (CNS) dysfunction and could produce persistent changes in the brain that could set the stage for a lifetime of mental health issues such as drug taking or abuse.  To enhance our understanding of these complex issues, my laboratory is now collaborating with several of my colleagues interested in molecular biology in order to enhance the breadth of the research conducted by my laboratory. The primary reason for this is that I believe the future of pharmacology lies in the study of the interface between specific molecular and behavioral mechanisms. 

 

Current Grants 

  • National Institute on Drug Abuse.
  •            R01 DA037255: Interactive Effects of Cannabinoids and Sex Hormones in Females, Principle Investigator

  • National Institute of Health / National Center for Research Resources
  •            P20RR018766-10 /P30GM106392-01: Mentoring in Cardiovascular Biology, Mentor.

  • National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.
  •            T32 AA07577-16: Biomedical Alcohol Research Training Program, Core Faculty Member.