A paper entitled “Pathway-specific dopaminergic deficits in a mouse model of Angelman syndrome” from the Malanga Lab was recently accepted for publication in the Journal of Clinical Investigation (Impact Factor = 13.1). This work was the result of a collaboration between the Malanga Lab, the Philpot Lab in the Department of Cell and Molecular Physiology, and the Wightman Lab in the Department of Chemistry. Thorfinn Riday (Philpot Lab) and Elyse Dankoski (Wightman Lab), graduate students in the UNC Neurobiology Curriculum, were first and second authors, respectively. Eric Fish and Michael Krouse (Malanga Lab) also contributed.

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Our recent publication in Behavioural Brain Research comparing the behavioral effects of the “bath salt” mephedrone to those of cocaine was featured on the UNC School of Medicine Vital Signs webpage and received national and international attention. See the links below for press coverage.

UNC School of Medicine: Synthetic stimulants called ‘bath salts’ act in the brain like cocaine

In the United States: Illegal ‘Bath Salts’ Mimic Cocaine in the Brain

In the United Kingdom: Banned bath salts ‘may be as addictive as cocaine’

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Eric and Elliott showed some exciting data from their projects investigating the effects of the antiepileptic drug levetiracetam on cocaine- and alcohol-related behaviors at the 2012 annual RSA meeting, June 23-27 in San Francisco. Check out the posters below (and look out for these findings in press in the near future).

Elliott’s Poster:  Levetiracetam and ICSS – RSA 2012

Eric’s Poster:  Levetiracetam and Drinking – RSA 2012

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