Topic: Waggoner Center for Alcohol and Addiction Research

Alcohol Abuse Linked to Newly Identified Gene Network

Dec. 2, 2014

AUSTIN, Texas  Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin have identified a network of genes that appear to work together in determining alcohol dependence. The findings, which could lead to future treatments and therapies for alcoholics and possibly help doctors screen for alcoholism, are being published this week in the journal Molecular Psychiatry.

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Mutation Stops Worms From Getting Drunk

July 16, 2014

Neuroscientists at The University of Texas at Austin have generated mutant worms that do not get intoxicated by alcohol, a result that could lead to new drugs to treat the symptoms of people going through alcohol withdrawal.

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Thanks to Rare Alpine Bacteria, Researchers Identify One of Alcohol's Key Gateways to the Brain

April 25, 2013

The discovery is a major step on the road to eventually developing drugs that could disrupt the interaction between alcohol and the brain.

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Socially Isolated Rats are More Vulnerable to Addiction, Report Researchers

Jan. 23, 2013

Rats that are socially isolated during a critical period of adolescence are more vulnerable to addiction to amphetamine and alcohol. Amphetamine addiction is also harder to extinguish in the socially isolated rats. These effects, which are described this week in the journal Neuron, persist even after the rats are reintroduced into the community of other rats.

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Nationally Recognized Researcher, Administrator to Help Develop School of Medicine

Jan. 22, 2013

Dr. Robert O. Messing, a nationally recognized addiction science researcher, will join The University of Texas at Austin as vice provost for biomedical sciences to help develop the new medical school. His appointment is effective Jan. 16.

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