NIDA/NIDA Training Goals
The Department of Behavioral Neuroscience is the recipient of pre- and post-doctoral institutional research training grants from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Our focus is on the basic biological processes involved in the etiology of alcoholism and drug addiction. Our general approach is interdisciplinary. The program's goal is to produce specialists in the biological basis of alcoholism and drug-seeking behavior who will be thoroughly competent to teach and conduct research on the problems of substance abuse and addiction at both molar and molecular levels. The program is designed to take full advantage of the unique educational opportunities available in a medical school to train biologically-oriented scientists in a variety of disciplines relevant to neuroscience, including cell and molecular biology, neuroanatomy, neuropharmacology, neurophysiology, genetics, and behavioral neuroscience.