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Topics in Addiction: “Novel Peptidergic Targets for Alcohol Use Disorder”

January 14 at 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Nikki Crowley, PhD, Assistant Research Professor of Biobehavioral Health in the College of Health and Human Development at Penn State University Park, will present “Novel Peptidergic Targets for Alcohol Use Disorder” as the next Topics in Addiction seminar.

A head-and-shoulders professional photo of Nikki Crowley, PhD

Nikki Crowley, PhD

Dr. Crowley will discuss the role of samatostatin neurons in alcohol use disorder, specifically in animal models of binge drinking. Using a combination of behavioral techniques, optogenetics, chemogenetics and slice electrophysiology, she will show new work from her lab elucidating samatostatin as a novel therapeutic target for alcohol.

The event will be streamed live and recorded via Zoom.

Light refreshments will be served.

Topics in Addiction is the monthly gathering of the Addiction Center for Translation to discuss topics related to addiction. Topics are presented in an informal environment in ways that are accessible to the faculty, staff and students of Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State as a whole, of any background. The program hopes to reach not only basic scientists and clinicians, but also everyone who has an interest in addiction and its widespread implications on research, clinical work, medical education, policy and the community.

The group meets on the second Tuesday of the month from noon to 1 p.m. in Room C3860 at Penn State College of Medicine, with all meetings available via Zoom.

Sessions will vary in focus and format depending on the speaker.

With questions or speaker and topic requests, or to be added to the Topics in Addiction mailing list, email Sarah Ballard at


January 14
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
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Room C3860 – Penn State College of Medicine
700 HMC Crescent Road
Hershey, PA 17033 United States
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Sarah Ballard

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