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bergesonSusan E. Bergeson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Pharmacology and Neuroscience
Texas Tech University Health Science Center
e-mail: Susan.Bergeson@TTUHSC.edu
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Using behavioral, biochemical, genetic, and modern molecular "-omics" tools, the Bergeson lab studies the neurobiological mechanisms of alcohol preference and the consequences of alcohol drinking and dependence.  Dr. Bergeson serves as a genetics core provider for the SPAARC.


bradleyCharles M. Bradley, Ph.D.
Professor and Associate Chairman
Pathology
Texas Tech University Health Science Center
e-mail: Charles.Bradley@TTUHSC.edu
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Dr. Bradley, as Director of Chemical Pathology, oversees the assays for biomarkers of binge alcohol severity in both human and rodent studies. Dr. Bradley serves as a clinical chemistry core provider for the SPAARC.


leecohenLee M. Cohen, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Psychology, Director of Clinical Training
Texas Tech University
Departments of Psychiatry and Pediatrics
Texas Tech University Health Science Center
e-mail:  Lee.Cohen@TTU.edu
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The Cohen lab systematically explores the behavioral, cognitive, and physiological mechanisms that may contribute to the relationship between smoking and drinking.


GeorgeH.jpgGeorge I. Henderson, Ph.D.
Professor
Pharmacology and Neuroscience
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
e-mail: george.henderson@ttuhsc.edu
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The Henderson lab has a focus on oxidative stress in the mechanism of apoptosis and neurodegeneration. Areas of interest include glial-neuronal interactions in maintaining neuronal redox status and regulation of phase II response systems in the brain.


LeninM.jpgLenin Mahimainathan, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor
Pharmacology and Neuroscience
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
e-mail: lenin.mahimainathan@ttuhsc.edu
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The primary research interest of the Mahimainathan lab is to identify novel mechanisms involved in alcohol mediated neurodegeneration with an emphasis on fetal alcohol syndrome. The outcome of this research would enable better therapeutic targeting strategies in curtailing the deleterious effects of alcohol.


elizabethmillerElizabeth J. Miller, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Pathology
Texas Tech University Health Science Center
e-mail:  Elizabeth.Miller@TTUHSC.edu
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Dr. Miller participates in the clinical chemistry and genetics core functions of the SPAARC.


parastoo.momeniParastoo Momeni, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Internal Medicine
Pharmacology and Neuroscience
Texas Tech University Health Science Center
e-mail:  Parastoo.Momeni@TTUHSC.edu
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The Momeni lab is focused on mutation and association analyses.  Dr. Momeni provides genetics core services for the SPAARC.


oboyleMichael W. O'Boyle, Ph.D.
Professor
Human Development and Family Studies
Texas Tech University
Department of Pharmacology and Neuroscience
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
e-mail:  Michael.OBoyle@TTU.edu
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My research interests involve the use a variety of neuroimaging techniques (e.g., fMRI, DTI and EEG) available through the NeuroImaging, Cognition and Engineering (NICE) Laboratory here at Texas Tech University (http://www.orgs.ttu.edu/nice/index2.html) to investigate the brain structures and neural circuitry associated with substance abuse and addiction.


poppR. Lisa Popp, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Pharmacology and Neuroscience
Texas Tech University Health Science Center
e-mail:  Lisa.Popp@TTUHSC.edu
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The focus of the Popp lab is to study the molecular mechanisms of alcohol modulation of N-methyl-d-aspartate receptor function and actin cytoskeleton plasticity in the CNS.


schrimsherGregory W. Schrimsher, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Giles C. McCrary Endowed Chair in Addiction Medicine
Psychiatry
Pharmacology and Neuroscience
Texas Tech University Health Science Center
e-mail:  Gregory.Schrimsher@TTUHSC.edu
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Our research focuses on the cognitive effects of alcohol and substance use and the relationship between cognitive status and treatment outcome including: 1) longitudinal and cross-sectional impact of college-aged binge drinking on cognitive ability, serum biomarkers of neuropathology, and morphometric and functional MRI measures and 2) the association of patterns of lifetime and current alcohol use and changes in cognitive ability (decrease or preservation) during aging and whether these patterns are related to levels of serum biomarkers of neuropathology and or genetic polymorphisms.


syapinPeter J. Syapin, Ph.D.
Professor
Pharmacology and Neuroscience
Texas Tech University Health Science Center
e-mail:  Peter.Syapin@TTUHSC.edu
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Using rodent animal models and in vitro brain cell culture, the Syapin lab studies neuroinflammatory processes involved in chronic and binge alcohol-induced functional alterations and tissue injury to the adolescent and adult brain. Dr. Syapin serves as an animal treatment core resource for the SPAARC.


alice.youngAlice M. Young, Ph.D.
Professor
Psychology
Texas Tech University
Pharmacology and Neuroscience
Texas Tech University Health Science Center
e-mail:  Alice.Young@TTUHSC.edu
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Our research focus is to translate advances in the understanding of human cognition into improved animal models of learning and memory to better understand the consequences of binge alcohol drinking.

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