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Welcome to the NILA Website

Learning-related changes in the strength of neuronal connections in the brain not only underlie memory formation and storage but are also affected by drugs of abuse, such as nicotine or alcohol. The goal of the NILA lab is to use genetic, pharmacological, behavioral, molecular and electrophysiological techniques to study the effects of these drugs on the neurobiology of learning and memory.

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Specific Interests

  • The neurobiology of learning and memory
  • The effects of acute nicotine, chronic nicotine, and withdrawal from chronic nicotine on learning and underlying neural substrates
  • The investigation of novel therapeutics that ameliorate the effects of nicotine withdrawal on cognition
  • The effects of other drugs of abuseĀ  and their co-administration with nicotine on the neurobiology of learning and memory

Group Members

Thomas J. Gould Ph.D.

Thomas J. Gould, Ph.D.

Director of the NILA Group
219 Biobehavioral Health Bldg
University Park, PA 16802
814-865-7256

Thomas.Gould@psu.edu

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Munir Gunes Kutlu, Ph.D.

Post-Doctoral Fellow
219 Biobehavioral Health Bldg
University Park, PA 16802
814-863-7256

gunes.kutlu@psu.edu

Location

Neurobiological Investigation of Learning and Addiction (NILA)

Neurobiological Investigation of Learning and Addiction (NILA)
Biobehavioral Health Building
University Park, PA 16802, USA

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