Researchers within the Atwood Laboratory are fascinated by how life experiences change the way humans act. In particular, they are interested in how drugs of abuse, diet, stress and pain influence the types of actions humans perform. The focus of the Atwood Lab is on the molecular mechanisms and brain circuits that are specifically impacted by these substances and experiences.
Under the direction of Brady Atwood, PhD, the Atwood Lab use mouse models of drug abuse, obesity, stress and pain, in combination with state-of-the-art neuroscience methodologies, to:
- Identify the specific molecules that are altered
- Determine changes in neuron function and synaptic plasticity
- Identify affected neurocircuits
- Manipulate neurocircuits to determine their behavioral relevance
The goal of the Atwood Lab is for their findings to translate to novel therapeutic interventions to improve the lives of those that suffer from addiction, obesity, stress disorders and chronic pain.