Molecular Basis of Drug Abuse

Faculty members in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences serve as key contributors to the Molecular Basis of Drug Abuse Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Training Program. Housed in the UW Department of Pharmacology, the program is designed to provide training in molecular and cellular aspects of drug abuse research.
Trainees work closely with investigators at the University of Washington Center for Drug Addiction Research who study various actions of drugs of abuse (opiates, cocaine, amphetamine, cannabis, MDMA). This is a multidisciplinary group working in the departments of Pharmacology, Physiology & Biophysics, Anesthesiology, Biochemistry, Psychology and Psychiatry. Ongoing research activities within the Center are diverse and include molecular, genetic, biophysical, animal behavioral, and human clinical studies.
The Center organizes the regular communication of research results, facilitates research collaborations, and enhances research training by sponsoring monthly research meetings, inviting distinguished extramural scientists to present seminars on campus, hosting critical discussion of published literature (journal clubs), and facilitating the research training of young investigators.
The Molecular Basis of Drug Abuse training program has dramatically facilitated the coordination of training and collaboration of research efforts across the UW School of Medicine, bringing strong researchers and research programs together to further the study of the molecular aspects of drug receptor signaling mechanisms.
For additional information, please contact:
Dr. Charles Chavkin
Director, Center for Drug Addiction Research