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New Translational Addiction Sciences Center poised to make headway in treatment of addiction
Date:4/25/2014

ew insights into previously unappreciated signaling mechanisms that could reveal new therapies.

"We can easily sprinkle these chemicals on cells and observe the receptors to which they bind and the signals they generate; the value of testing these new compounds at the cellular level is that we can narrow down what would be safe and effective to try in animals and humans, " noted Watson.

Gilbertson added that it is an iterative process that requires input at the cellular, animal and human levels. "The more we understand how the systems function and adapt during addiction and in response to the medications, the better can we pinpoint where we need to target the new molecules," he said.

Cunningham believes their research will be successful in jumpstarting a new generation of discovery for treatments to help prevent relapse in individuals suffering from cocaine addiction.


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Contact: Maureen Balleza
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409-772-8785
University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
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