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Unraveling Brain Circuits for Drug Demand: A Central Role for Orexin in Addiction - BBS Colloquium

The School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences Colloquium Series

Speaker: Gary Aston-Jones, PhD
Brain Health Institute at Rutgers University

Title: Unraveling Brain Circuits for Drug Demand: A Central Role for Orexin in Addiction

Gary Aston-Jones directs the Brain Health Institute at Rutgers University, and is the Strongwater Endowed Chair in Neuroscience. He earned his Ph.D. from Cal Tech, and was a Postdoc at the Salk Institute with Floyd Bloom. Dr. Aston-Jones uses neurophysiology, neuroanatomy, optogenetics, chemogenetics, and behavioral economics methods in animals to study neural mechanisms of motivated behavior.  He described a role for the brain noradrenergic locus coeruleus system in arousal, decision and behavioral flexibility, as well as a role for orexin/hypocretin neurons in motivation and addiction. 

Dr. Aston-Jones has directed a well-funded lab for more than 30 years, chaired the NMB study section, and received a MERIT award from NIDA. He has been a keynote speaker at many national and international meetings, and is Deputy Editor-in-Chief for Brain Research. He has published > 250 articles, and has trained 54 postdoctoral fellows and 22 PhD students. 

The School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences welcomes you to attend the BBS talks online.

Don't miss the opportunity to enhance your knowledge and grow professionally by hearing these experts in their fields.

Join the talk online at 9:30am on Feb. 12, 2021.
Webex Meeting Link
Meeting number (access code): 145 022 8713
Meeting password: h2DP4N5iwFU (42374654 from phones)
Join by phone: +1-469-210-7159 United States Toll (Dallas)

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Friday, February 12 at 9:30am to 10:30am

Virtual Event

Persons with disabilities may submit a request for accommodations to participate in this event at UT Dallas' ADA website. You may also call (972) 883-5331 for assistance or send an email to All requests should be received no later than 2 business days prior to the event.

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Lectures & Workshops

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Undergraduate Students, Faculty & Staff, Alumni, General Public, Prospective Students, Graduate Students, International Students




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