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The Wheeler Center at UCSF is a collaborative research program seeking biological answers to the human tragedy of drug addiction. Our scientists investigate how drugs of abuse change brain function and how these changes lead to  addiction. Our goal is to develop a foundation of knowledge resulting in more effective treatment for addiction.

The Wheeler Center for the Neurobiology of Addiction has brought together scientists in genetics and in cell, molecular and systems neuroscience to explore and identify nervous system changes that lead to addiction.

The Center's members have made seminal contributions to our understanding of drug actions on the nerve cells that mediate reward and on the mechanisms of learning and memory -- phenomena that play key roles in the addictive process.

The goal of the center is twofold: First, to bring to the study of addiction a broad scope of basic scientific inquiry and fresh insights enabled by collaboration across disciplinary boundaries. Second, to attract the brightest students and young investigators to the field of addiction research.
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