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NIDA Investigator Receives 2006 Waletzky Memorial Award

Announces the recipient of a 2006 award for innovation in research on drug addiction and alcoholism, Dr. Yavin Shaham, and describes his research which focused on the stress-induced drug use relapse.

Exposure to Morphine During Early Adolescence Sensitizes Rats as Adults

Presents highlights of a study indicating that exposure to morphine during adolescence may increase sensitivity to the drug during adulthood.

Tracing NET

Describes research that has led to the development of a new tool, a new radiotracer, for studying the neurobiology of depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and stimulant abuse.

NIDA's Newest Division Mines Clinical Applications From Basic Research

Describes the role of the Division of Clinical Neuroscience and Behavioral Research in NIDA’s drug abuse and addiction research plan.

Neuropeptide Promotes Drug-Seeking and Craving in Rats

Reports on two studies indicating that orexin, a neuropeptide that stimulates eating and regulates wakefulness, also fosters animals' drug seeking and craving responses to drugs.

Impacts of Drugs on Neurotransmission

Discusses the central importance of studying drugs' effects on neurotransmission and describes some of the most common experimental methods used in this research.

Gene Experiment Confirms a Suspected Cocaine Action

Reports on the work of addiction researchers who are learning how acute and chronic cocaine exposure regulates certain genes, based on knowledge from developmental and cancer biology.

NIDA Will Contribute to Obesity Research

NIDA Director Nora Volkow

Describes an NIH-wide obesity task force and research plan and explores some of the links between addiction and compulsive eating.

Researchers Develop a New Tracer for Cannabinoid Receptor

Describes a new chemical tracer that binds specifically to cannabinoid receptors making it potentially useful in future research to clarify the relationship between the receptors and drug abuse.

Cocaine Can Mobilize Stored Dopamine

Describes a study showing that cocaine, which increases dopamine levels, also can tap into an intracellular dopamine reserve pool.

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