Neuroscience Seminar Series: “Neuroscience of abused drugs and decision making”
Dr. T. Celeste Napier will deliver a public Lecture on the topic “Pharmacology of Addiction” She is a Professor of Pharmacology and the Director of the Center for Compulsive Behavior and Addiction at Rush University.
Dr. Napier is currently a Professor of Pharmacology and Psychiatry and the Director of the Center for Compulsive Behavior and Addiction at Rush Medical College, where she has served on the faculty since 2006. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Lubbock Christian College and her Ph.D. in Pharmacology at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. She conducted her postdoctoral fellowship at the University of North Carolina.
Dr. Napier’s research is focused on the adult brain and motivational behavior, specifically regarding drug addiction and it co-occurrence with other mental and neurological diseases. Her lab uses behavioral, pharmacological, electrophysiological, and biochemical approaches to explore how nerve cells are altered through drug addiction. The ultimate goal of her research is to develop new drugs to treat disease-related changes in the brain. Ongoing projects in her lab include the study of the effects of methamphetamine and morphine on nerve cells and behavioral responses, as well as exploring how drugs that affect the brain’s response to dopamine can be used to treat conditions like Parkinson’s disease and compulsive behaviors.
One of Nu Rho Psi’s missions as an honor society is “to increase public awareness of neuroscience and its benefits for the individual and society.” This seminar is the first in a series of the theme the Nu Rho Psi council has selected for the year, “The Neuroscience of Addiction.” The entire public is invited to come and learn about the biological basis of addictive drugs and behaviors, as well as learn about progress toward better therapies for those affected by these compulsive behavioral disorders