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Georgetown University

An interdisciplinary graduate training program that is closely integrated with the training programs in Neurosciences and Pharmacology. Multidisciplinary research opportunities utilize a variety of techniques from the molecular level to integrated systems and behavioral neuroscience. Faculty research focuses on the study of the effects of abused substances on cognition, receptors and signal transduction pathways, neuroimmune responses and development.
Project Director: Barbara M. Bayer, Ph.D. bayerb@georgetown.edu

University of California, Irvine

This program is designed to train pre-doctoral students in the fundamentals of pharmacology and neuroscience with a special emphasis on substance abuse research. The goal of the program is to expose trainees to substance abuse research and prepare them for independent research careers in neuroscience and pharmacology in basic science departments, medical schools, and non-academic research laboratories. The program combines training in molecular and cellular pharmacology with training in chemical neuroanatomy and behavioral neurosciences. The 20 primary faculty have appointments across five different departments. All mentors are experienced trainers with active research laboratories. The program supports six predoctoral traineeships.
Project Director: Daniele Piomelli, Ph.D. piomelli@uci.edu

University of Maryland

Pre-doctoral training program at the intersection of basic process research and clinical intervention for substance use. The program offers a wide range of interdisciplinary research and applied experiences at the University Of Maryland, College Park as well as with affiliated faculty at institutions in the greater Washington DC area (e.g., NIH, University of Maryland Medical School, Johns Hopkins University). In the context of a translational research project, trainees will receive joint supervision from one mentor affiliated with the cross-disciplinary Neuroscience and Cognitive Sciences (NACS) Program and the other mentor affiliated with the Center for Addictions, Personality, and Emotion Research (CAPER). Professional development will be a core feature of the program, including participation in an interactive speaker series, training in ethical conduct across both research and applied domains, access to research and clinical opportunities with underserved populations, and development of grant writing skills.
Project Directors: Carl W. Lejuez, Ph.D. (Clinical Core Director) clejuez@psyc.umd.edu and Cynthia Moss, Ph.D. (Basic Process Core Director) cmoss@psyc.umd.edu

University of Michigan

Interdisciplinary training program with research opportunities ranging from the level of molecular biology, to integrative and systems neuroscience to behavioral pharmacology. Faculty study a wide range of abused substances and neural systems related to their actions, including opioids, psychomotor stimulants, PCP, nicotine and sedative-hypnotics.
Project Director: Terry Robinson, Ph.D. ter@umich.edu

University of North Carolina

The Predoctoral training program at the University of North Carolina/Chapel Hill provides training in areas related to drug and alcohol abuse, including an emphasis in the following research areas: neurobiology, neuropharmacology, neuroimmunology, behavioral pharmacology and genetic/behavioral correlates of drug dependence. Research ranges from animal models to human studies and training covers both neurobiological and behavioral approaches. Prospective applicants can enter the program either through the Behavioral Neuroscience program within the Department of Psychology or through the Biological, Biomedical Sciences Program within the School of Medicine.
Program Directors: Linda Dykstra, Ph.D. ldykstra@unc.edu and Regina Carelli, Ph.D. rcarelli@email.unc.edu

University of Texas at Austin

This broad-based neuroscience predoctoral training program offers the opportunity for conducting cross-disciplinary research in collaborating laboratories. Faculty research interests range from the molecular, through the biochemical, physiological, and electrophysiological, to the behavioral and computational. Trainees will choose laboratories in which they will conduct research rotations and present seminars, take a prescribed set of core neuroscience courses, as well as choose from a wide variety of elective courses.
Project Director: R. Adron Harris, Ph.D. harris@mail.utexas.edu

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