Cannabinoid and Nicotine Research
We are interested in examining the acute and chronic effects of nicotine as well as cannabinoids such as THC and CBD on development, behavior, neurochemistry brain functional connectivity.
Exercise Neuroscience and Drug Abuse
We are interested in examining the mechanism of exercise effects on neurochemistry including brain dopamine signaling and functional connectivity. Furthermore, this project examines the use of exercise dosing and regimens on drug seeking behavior or relapse.
Fatty Acid Binding Protein-Mediated Control of Endocannabinoid Signaling
This project focused on investigating the role of specific fatty acid binding proteins (FABPs) on endocannabinoid signaling in the brain with an emphasis on addictive behaviors, anxiety, depression, and identifying new potential targets for therapeutic approaches.
Bariatric Surgery and Vulnerability for Addictive Disorders
We are interested in examine the neurobiological, psychosocial and genetic mechanisms for post-bariatric risk for alcohol abuse, weight regain, and risk for other addictive disorders. Currently involved in a log-term clinical project in collaboration with UB departments of Surgery and Pediatrics.
Methylphenidate (Ritalin) and Amphetamines (Adderall)
The overall goal of this research is to determine the developmental, behavioral and brain functional connectivity effects of chronic methylphenidate (MP) and its potential mechanism of increased vulnerability for drug abuse and skeletal development. Current studies are in progress in collaboration with NYIT, Stony Brook University, U of Chicago and U of Rochester.