July 17, 2014 - Dr. Ryan Drenan's nicotine research published in Journal of Neuroscience

Dr. Ryan Drenan, Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, is using several new strains of mice expressing fluorescently-labeled nicotine receptors to identify locations in the brain where nicotine receptors are found, specifically studying the brain area known to play a key role in nicotine withdrawal, in order to better understand how/why people have a negative experience when attempting to quit smoking. Drugs that target the nicotine receptors on these cells could be useful as a smoking cessation therapeutic. His research was recently published in the Journal of Neuroscience. Read more:abstract

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