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Scientists decode the genetic signs of alcoholism to pave the way for earlier treatment

Scientists decode the genetic signs of alcoholism to pave the way for earlier treatment

The day may not be far off when a routine blood test at the doctor's office will be able to detect not only whether you suffer from heart disease or diabetes, but also whether you suffer from an addiction to alcohol. Dr. R. Adron Harris is director of the university's Waggoner Center for Alcoholism and…   » Continue Reading

Researchers attack complex disorder from many angles, from basic biology to impact on society

Researchers attack complex disorder from many angles, from basic biology to impact on society

Taking Aim at Addiction: The work of a group of researchers at The University of Texas at Austin revolves around a central question: "Why can drugs hijack the brain to such an extent that people ruin their lives, lose everything they have simply to get more of the drug?" That's the question posed by R. Adron Harris, an alcoholism researcher and the director of the Waggoner Center for Addiction and Alcohol Abuse.

Alcoholism Researcher Receives Prestigious MERIT Award

Dr. Rueben Gonzales, professor of pharmacology and toxicology at The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy, has been awarded a $2.8 million MERIT Award from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).

Tolerance to Inhalants May Be Caused by Changes in Gene Expression

Changes in the expression of genes may be the reason why people who abuse inhalants, such as spray paint or glue, quickly develop a tolerance, biologists at The University of Texas at Austin have discovered.