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Alcohol Shifts Gut Microbial Networks and Ameliorates a Murine Model of Neuroinflammation in a Sex-specific Pattern

Dec. 6, 2019

While alcohol is widely known for its proinflammatory effects, there is also evidence that it may improve outcomes in several autoimmune conditions. In Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, our own Dr. Esther Melamed’s lab presents data that moderate alcohol consumption ameliorates disease symptoms, decreases central nervous system microglia, and enriches protective gut microbial networks in a sex-specific pattern.

Compelled to Drink: Why Some Cannot Stop

Nov. 22, 2019

Why are some people able to control their alcohol drinking, but others are compelled to drink despite health, personal, and/or social consequences? In Science, Drs. Kimberly Nixon and Regina Mangieri comment on how individual differences in aversive stimulus processing may explain compulsive alcohol drinking.

Waggoner Center Welcomes New Affiliated Faculty Members

July 8, 2019

Three researchers focused on the neurobiology of addiction at The University of Texas at Austin joined the Waggoner Center for Alcohol and Addiction Research as affiliated faculty members: Lauren Dobbs, assistant professor in the Department of Neuroscience, and Regina Mangieri, research assistant professor, and Kimberly Nixon, associate professor and James T. Doluisio Centennial Fellow, in the Division of Pharmacology and Toxicology.

Dobbs hopes to change public perception of alcoholism and related illnesses.

A Molecular Mechanism Involved in Alcohol Preference

July 3, 2018

In a recent paper in Science, Waggoner Center researchers Dayne Mayfield and Sean Farris, and investigators from Linköping University in Sweden, uncovered a molecular mechanism involved in the preference for alcohol over other rewards.   Utilizing a procedure that arguably models alcohol addiction in rats, they found that a subset of rats self-administered alcohol even when a sweet, high-value reward was available.  These rats also showed high motivation to obtain alcohol and drink it despite negative consequences, such as foot shocks or when it was adulterated with quinine. 

Waggoner Center Expands Mission and Transitions Leadership Team

Sept. 1, 2017

The center expands mission to include clinical research and transitions leadership team.

Can Old Prescription Drugs Provide New Treatments for Alcoholism?

March 22, 2017

The Atlantic interviews Drs. Adron Harris, Barbara Mason, and George Koob about repurposing existing drugs to treat alcoholism.

Resetting the Alcoholic Brain

Jan. 23, 2017

CNS podcast Point of Discovery features Waggoner Center Director Adron Harris.

Graduate Students Develop Drug Education Outreach Program

Nov. 28, 2016

Three Waggoner Center graduate students provide evidence-based, harm reduction education to local middle- and high-school students.

Messing Report to NIAAA Advisory Council

June 22, 2016

Robert Messing reports on developing PKCE inhibitors as alcohol use disorder treatment.

UT Pharmacy Graduate Program Ranked No. 3

March 16, 2016

U.S. News & World Reports lists pharmacy graduate program as one of the top 10 in the country.

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