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Eric Donny, PhD May 25, 2012, 12:00 pm WPIC Auditorium

Department of Psychiatry Lecture Series
Special Guest Lecture

From Rats to Regulation: The Role of Nicotine in Tobacco

Eric Donny, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychology
University of Pittsburgh

Eric Donny, PhD is Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of California / Davis in 1993, received his PhD in Health Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh in 1999, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Behavioral Pharmacology at Johns Hopkins in 2001 before returning to the University of Pittsburgh in 2005. Dr. Donny’s expertise spans from animal and human behavioral pharmacology to the regulatory science of tobacco control. His recent work focuses on understanding the role of nicotine in tobacco use and dependence, including how nicotine functions as a reinforcer as well as impacts the processing of other reinforcing stimuli in the environment. Dr. Donny currently directs the NIDA-funded Center for the Evaluation of Nicotine in Cigarettes (CENIC), which aims to assess the potential impact of regulated reduction of the nicotine content of cigarettes as a means of improving the public health.

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