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Researchers on the Rise Lectures February 22, 2013, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm WPIC Auditorium

Using Proteomics Strategies to Identify Vulnerabilities to Addiction and Develop Novel Treatments

Events_Torregrossa  Mary Torregrossa, PhD

   Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
University of Pittsburgh



Dr. Torregrossa earned her PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Michigan and completed postgraduate neuroscience training at the Medical University of South Carolina and postgraduate training in psychiatry at Yale University.  Her research focuses on determining the neurobiological mechanisms underlying vulnerability to addiction and identifying new treatments to prevent relapse in abstinent addicts.  In addition, Dr. Torregrossa is interested in how stress during vulnerable developmental periods affects the development of the prefrontal cortex and associated circuits, and how this may underlie risk for certain psychiatric disorders.  She is investigating the phosphoproteomics of extinction and reconsolidation of drug memories with support from a federal career development award and has published in numerous scientific journals including the Journal of Neuroscience and Neuropsychopharmacology 

Sleep Regulation of Reward: Neural Adaptations in the Nucleus Accumbens

  Yanhua Huang, PhD

   Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
University of Pittsburgh



Dr. Huang was appointed to the faculty in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh in 2012. During her graduate work at Johns Hopkins University and her postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School she studied synaptic transmission and plasticity as regulated by glial glutamate transporters and immune molecules in the context of learning and memory. As a postdoctoral fellow at Washington State University, Dr. Huang began to focus on neural plasticity within the brain reward circuitry following exposure to addictive drugs, from which she has developed an interest in the cellular and molecular mechanism by which sleep regulates reward seeking behaviors. With support from a career development award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, she is pursuing research designed to combine electrophysiological approach and behavioral assays to investigate the links between sleep and reward seeking.

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