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Wheeler Center Mission

The Wheeler Center for the Neurobiology of Addiction 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.

About the Wheeler Center

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.

Neuron Image 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 two fold. First, to bring to the study of addiction a broad scope of basic scientific inquiry and fresh insights that require collaboration across disciplinary boundaries. Second, to attract the brightest students and young investigators to the field of addiction research.

By so doing, Center researchers will accelerate the discovery process and advance knowledge through exploiting new technologies, whenever and wherever they emerge. For this reason, Wheeler Center funding provides grants to associated faculty with novel ideas or techniques. We provide seed money to nascent approaches with the hope of nurturing creativity. Given the aversion to risk taking among traditional funding sources and their emphasis on support for established projects and investigators, we believe that this approach can be catalytic. Continued >>

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