The Departments of Neurology and Psychiatry at Indiana University School of Medicine continue to be leaders in preclinical and clinical research and discovery. Faculty and staff investigators conduct innovative research in a wide array of areas and are supported by federal grants from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke; Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, and Aging; and the National Science Foundation.
The lab of David Kareken, PhD, professor of neurology, involves neuroimaging of the human brain’s reward system (using positron emission tomography and functional magnetic resonance imaging) and motivated behavior for natural rewards, like food, along with drugs of abuse. Lab work is targeted to understand the brain and genetic vulnerabilities that may predispose individuals to disorders such as alcoholism and obesity. Research is funded by the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.
The lab of Brandon Oberlin, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry, focuses on unhealthy decision-making, behavioral traits linked to addiction/alcoholism disorders, and brain activation governing those behaviors. Oberlin’s lab utilizes neuroimaging (fMRI) to better understand brain systems underlying addiction, laboratory behavioral tasks to measure behavior, and digital visualization methods for relapse prevention.