The winners of the 2019 Larry Parsons Travel Award received assistance toward the Research Society on Alcoholism meeting taking place June 23-27, 2019 in Minneapolis, MN.

Congratulations to:

Sophia Khom

Jung Kim

Giovana de Macedo

Sarah Wolfe

For more information about this travel award and to learn more about our dear friend and scientific partner, Larry Parsons, please visit https://www.scripps.edu/parsons/Research.html

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The Volterra Conference website has been updated and has new information about the 2020 meeting!

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Insula to ventral striatal projections mediate compulsive eating produced by intermittent access to palatable food

Samantha Spierling, Giordano de Guglielmo, Dean Kirson, Alison Kreisler, Marisa Roberto, Olivier George, and Eric Zorrilla

  • The insular cortex subserves visceral-emotional functions and, based on its afferent and efferent connections, likely plays a role in the negative reinforcement so important in the compulsive intake of food and drugs characteristic of eating and substance use disorders.

 

  • Female rats were given intermittent access to a highly palatable diet and a subset of rats demonstrated elevated progressive ratio responding, increased punished responding and irritability following withdrawal of the diet, all suggestive of increased compulsive-like behavior.​

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The Volterra Conference website has been updated and has new information about the 2020 meeting!

HIGHlighted publication

Insula to ventral striatal projections mediate compulsive eating produced by intermittent access to palatable food

Samantha Spierling, Giordano de Guglielmo, Dean Kirson, Alison Kreisler, Marisa Roberto, Olivier George, and Eric Zorrilla

  • The insular cortex subserves visceral-emotional functions and, based on its afferent and efferent connections, likely plays a role in the negative reinforcement so important in the compulsive intake of food and drugs characteristic of eating and substance use disorders.

 

  • Female rats were given intermittent access to a highly palatable diet and a subset of rats demonstrated elevated progressive ratio responding, increased punished responding and irritability following withdrawal of the diet, all suggestive of increased compulsive-like behavior.​

Screen Shot 2019-08-27 at 3.10.07 PM.png

The Volterra Conference website has been updated and has new information about the 2020 meeting!

HIGHlighted publication

Insula to ventral striatal projections mediate compulsive eating produced by intermittent access to palatable food

Samantha Spierling, Giordano de Guglielmo, Dean Kirson, Alison Kreisler, Marisa Roberto, Olivier George, and Eric Zorrilla

  • The insular cortex subserves visceral-emotional functions and, based on its afferent and efferent connections, likely plays a role in the negative reinforcement so important in the compulsive intake of food and drugs characteristic of eating and substance use disorders.

 

  • Female rats were given intermittent access to a highly palatable diet and a subset of rats demonstrated elevated progressive ratio responding, increased punished responding and irritability following withdrawal of the diet, all suggestive of increased compulsive-like behavior.​

Alcoholism and Stress: A Framework for Future Treatment Strategies
Volterra, Italy May 18 - 21, 2021

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Alcohol dependence potentiates substance P/neurokinin-1 receptor signaling in the rat central nucleus of amygdala

S. KHOM, T. STEINKELLNER, T. S. HNASKO, M. ROBERTO

Science Advances  18 Mar 2020, Vol. 6, no. 12

  • Neurokinin 1 receptors become hypersensitive after alcohol dependence

  • Alcohol dependence induced SP/Neurokinin 1 receptor hypersensitivity is long-lasting (2 weeks protracted withdrawal)/ not reversed by cessation/termination of alcohol exposure

  • A selective neurokinin receptor antagonist counteracts acute and chronic alcohol effects

Congratulations to Dr. Sophia Khom on her new tenure track faculty job at the Pharmacy Institute of the University of Vienna.

We will miss you, but wish you all the best for a successful future!!

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