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Nihal Salem receives NIH F99 award and SfN Trainee Professional Development award

Oct. 19, 2021

Dr. Nihal Salem, postdoc in Dayne Mayfield’s lab, received a F99/K00 NIH Blueprint D-Span Award as well as a SfN Trainee Professional Development award.

Research Society on Alcoholism Selects Dr. Robert Messing for 2021 Distinguished Researcher Award

March 29, 2021

The Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA) selected Waggoner Center Director Dr. Robert Messing for its 2021 Distinguished Researcher Award. This prestigious award recognizes a senior researcher who has made outstanding scientific contributions to the alcohol field, has demonstrated a sustained long-term commitment to conducting alcohol research, and has a substantial record of publication in the field. Recipients receive a plaque and cash award, and present a plenary talk during the annual meeting of the year awarded.

Waggoner Center Welcomes New Affiliated Faculty Drs. Natividad and Orsini

Aug. 12, 2020

The Waggoner Center for Alcohol and Addiction Research welcomed two University of Texas at Austin scientists to its affiliated faculty last Fall: Luis A. Natividad, assistant professor in the College of Pharmacy, Division of Pharmacology and Toxicology, and Caitlin Orsini, assistant professor in the College of Liberal Arts, Department of Psychology.

Natividad, who received his B.S. in Psychology from UT Austin, seeks to understand how protein signaling in the brain contributes to behavioral dysfunction in addiction.

Brain’s Immune Cells Are a Central Driver of Alcohol Use Disorder

July 21, 2020

Learn more about a new study from Scripps Research and The University of Texas at Austin, which was recently published in the journal Biological Psychiatry.

Waggoner Center Director Robert Messing Participates in Dell Med Health E-Talk on COVID-19 After-Effects

May 13, 2020

Waggoner Center Director Robert Messing, M.D. joined affiliate faculty member Charles Nemeroff, M.D., Ph.D., and Frances Champagne, Ph.D. on a virtual panel hosted by UT’s Dell Medical School.

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.

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