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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

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  • 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.​

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

Amanda Slide.jpg
  • 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.​

Congratulations to our 2022 Larry Parsons Travel Award 

WINNERS

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To learn more about our dear friend and scientific partner, Larry Parsons, please visit https://www.scripps.edu/newsandviews/e_20160704/parsons.html

To Donate to the fund please visit https://www.scripps.edu/support-us/give-now/

Indicate the donation amount, then choose "other" at the end of the drop-down menu and enter "The Larry Parsons Travel Award in Alcohol and Addiction Research.”

The Larry Parsons Travel Award in Alcohol and Addiction Research has been given to four well-deserving postdoctoral trainees to supplement their attendance of the 2022 Research Society on Alcoholism annual meeting. The meeting was held in-person in Orlando, Florida on June 25th through 29th.
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