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Scientific Report 2008

Committee on the Neurobiology of Addictive Disorders

Chairman's Overview


George F. Koob, Ph.D.
Professor and Chairman

Chitra D. Mandyam, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Barbara J. Mason, Ph.D.
Director, Laboratory of Clinical Neuropsychopharmacology

Loren H. Parsons, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Marisa Roberto, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Paul Schweitzer, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Michael A. Taffe, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Eric P. Zorrilla, Ph.D.

Senior Staff Scientist

Robert H. Purdy, Ph.D.

Staff Scientists

Rebecca Crean, Ph.D.

Heather N. Richardson, Ph.D.*

Adjunct Faculty

Serge Ahmed, Ph.D.
Adjunct Assistant Professor

Etienne Baulieu, M.D.
Adjunct Professor

Floyd E. Bloom, M.D.
Adjunct Professor Emeritus Kim D. Janda, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor

Michel Le Moal, M.D., Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor

Pietro Sanna, M.D.
Adjunct Associate Professor

Luis Stinus, M.D., Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor

Luigi Pulvirenti, M.D.
Adjunct Associate Professor

George R. Siggins, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor

Lars Terenius, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor

Friedbert Weiss, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor

Senior Research Associates

Candice Contet, Ph.D.

Olivier George, Ph.D.
Laboratory Manager, Preclinical Neuropsychopharmacology

Sunmee Wee, Ph.D.

Research Associates

Camryn Allen, Ph.D.

Lily J. Alvarez, Ph.D.

Marc R. Azar, Ph.D.

Pietro Cottone, Ph.D.

Maureen Cruz, Ph.D.

Alessandra Dicitore, Ph.D.

Scott Edwards, Ph.D.

Eva Fekete, Ph.D.

Nicholas W. Gilpin, Ph.D.

Marian L. Logrip, Ph.D.

Kaushik K. Misra, Ph.D.

Laura Orió Ortiz, Ph.D.

Francisco J. Pavon Moron, Ph.D.

Valentina Sabino, Ph.D.

Antonia M. Serrano Criado, Ph.D.

Senior Statistical Consultant

John Light, Ph.D.


Matthew Marler, Ph.D.*

* Appointment completed


Functional observations suggest that the neuroanatomic regions for many of the motivational effects of opponent processes associated with drug dependence may involve a common neural circuitry that forms a separate entity, termed the "extended amygdala," within the basal forebrain.

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