Neuroscientist Nadia Chaudhri Dies at 43
Neuroscientist Nadia Chaudhri Dies at 43
Knowingly facing the end of her life, she raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for underrepresented students in higher education.
Neuroscientist Nadia Chaudhri Dies at 43
Neuroscientist Nadia Chaudhri Dies at 43

Knowingly facing the end of her life, she raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for underrepresented students in higher education.

Knowingly facing the end of her life, she raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for underrepresented students in higher education.

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Trout Appear to Get Hooked on Meth
Trout Appear to Get Hooked on Meth
Christie Wilcox | Jul 6, 2021
After eight weeks of exposure to ecologically plausible levels of methamphetamines, the fish tended to prefer meth-laced water over water without the drug.
Vitamin D Deficiency Drives Opioid Addiction in Mice
Vitamin D Deficiency Drives Opioid Addiction in Mice
Amanda Heidt | Jun 16, 2021
Mice with low vitamin D had exaggerated craving for opioids and felt the drugs’ effects more strongly—results supported in part by human medical records—suggesting that supplements should be explored as treatments for opioid use disorders.
Mary Jeanne Kreek, Methadone Developer, Dies at 84
Mary Jeanne Kreek, Methadone Developer, Dies at 84
Asher Jones | Mar 31, 2021
A physician and neurobiologist at the Rockefeller University who specialized in addiction research, Kreek was best known for her work on developing the treatment for heroin addiction.
Cerebellum Plays Crucial Role in Metabolizing Alcohol in Mice
Cerebellum Plays Crucial Role in Metabolizing Alcohol in Mice
Marcus A. Banks | Mar 31, 2021
The researchers say these findings challenge dogma in the field, which has given the liver all credit for metabolizing alcohol.
<em>Transcendent Kingdom</em> TS Book Club Discussion
Transcendent Kingdom TS Book Club Discussion
The Scientist Creative Services Team | Nov 26, 2020
Join The Scientist on December 11 to discuss Yaa Gyasi’s sophomore novel, about a Stanford University neuroscience grad student navigating family issues, lab work, and her emerging identity.
Book Excerpt from <em>Drugs Without the Hot Air</em>
Book Excerpt from Drugs Without the Hot Air
David Nutt | Feb 24, 2020
In Chapter 14, author David Nutt describes the opioid crisis currently besetting the US.
Opinion: Governments Should Rethink Drug Policies
Opinion: Governments Should Rethink Drug Policies
David Nutt | Feb 24, 2020
Draconian drug laws harm citizens the world over. It’s high time to use sound science to change the landscape of prohibition.
Addictive Behavior Control Circuit Discovered in Rat Brains
Addictive Behavior Control Circuit Discovered in Rat Brains
Lisa Winter | Jan 3, 2020
Some rats showed a decrease in addictive tendencies when researchers activated the pathway, while the behavior of others became more addictive when the pathway was inhibited.

Opinion: The Best Neuroscience Books of 2019
Opinion: The Best Neuroscience Books of 2019
James Dolbow | Dec 18, 2019
Bury your nose in tales of neurosyphilis, gender identity, the medical mysteries of sleep disorders, and more.
Ketamine Could Help Cut Alcohol Consumption by Rewiring Memory
Ketamine Could Help Cut Alcohol Consumption by Rewiring Memory
Catherine Offord | Nov 27, 2019
Preliminary findings from a clinical trial of heavy drinkers suggest that the drug can weaken certain memories tied to the reward of imbibing, although the mechanisms aren’t fully clear.
Cerebellar Surprises
Cerebellar Surprises
The Scientist Staff | Oct 1, 2019
Kamran Khodakhah, a researcher at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, explains the cerebellum's newly described role in addictive and social behaviors.
The Cerebellum&rsquo;s Secrets: A Profile of Kamran Khodakhah
The Cerebellum’s Secrets: A Profile of Kamran Khodakhah
Anna Azvolinsky | Oct 1, 2019
The Albert Einstein College of Medicine neuroscientist has revealed surprising functions of the brain region, such as its role in the brain’s rewards circuits and in addiction.
Can Genetics Explain Human Behavior?
Can Genetics Explain Human Behavior?
Bill Sullivan | Sep 1, 2019
The author of a new book about emerging concepts in human genetics considers the question.
Opioid Settlement Money to Fund Addiction Research Center
Opioid Settlement Money to Fund Addiction Research Center
Ashley Yeager | Apr 3, 2019
Oklahoma dropped its lawsuit against OxyContin-maker Purdue Pharma in exchange for a National Center for Addiction Studies and Treatment in Tulsa.
Gene-Edited Skin Patch Prevents Cocaine Overdose in Mice
Gene-Edited Skin Patch Prevents Cocaine Overdose in Mice
Shawna Williams | Sep 17, 2018
With a built-in supply of a powerful cocaine-chomping enzyme, the transplant might also curb addiction.
FDA Approves Drug to Ease Symptoms of Opioid Withdrawal
FDA Approves Drug to Ease Symptoms of Opioid Withdrawal
Catherine Offord | May 17, 2018
Lucemyra is the first non-opioid drug to be approved in the U.S. specifically for this purpose.
Ten-Minute Sabbatical
Ten-Minute Sabbatical
The Scientist Staff | Mar 1, 2018
Take a break from the bench to puzzle and peruse.
Different Alcoholic Drinks Tied to Different Moods
Different Alcoholic Drinks Tied to Different Moods
Catherine Offord | Nov 21, 2017
An online survey finds that people report feeling most relaxed with a glass of red wine or beer, and most aggressive when drinking spirits.
Kyle Smith Shines a Light on Addiction
Kyle Smith Shines a Light on Addiction
Shawna Williams | Nov 1, 2017
The Dartmouth College professor uses optogenetics to probe the neurological routes of habitual behavior.