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CLP: How a Buddy in Distress Can Drive a Mouse to Drugs: A Story of Witnessing Fear

November 12, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

WHEN:  Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
WHERE: Patrick Lecture Hall
EVENT TYPE:  Seminar/Lecture

Currently, the efficacy of pharmacotherapeutic approaches for preventing or treating opioid addiction is limited. Stress is a frequent precursor of relapse to drug-taking. Indeed, exposure to stress can result in relapse to drug-seeking behaviors even after long periods of abstinence. Witnessing the distress of another remains poorly understood in relation to addiction and relapse and is often not addressed in preclinical studies. The capacity to experience emotions closely matching those of others is a key component of empathy. However, this process can also be harmful, especially when the distress of another elicits severe distress on the part of the observer. We are currently investigating the role of observational distress in relapse to opioid seeking, as well as underlying neural mechanisms, using a mouse model.


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November 12, 2019
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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Patrick Lecture Hall