Alcohol, Neurobiology & Mental Capacity


Neurobiology is the study of the nervous system. It combines physiology, anatomy, molecular biology, developmental biology, cytology, mathematical modelling, and psychology to understand the fundamental and emergent properties of neurons and neural circuits.

This aids the understanding of the biological basis of learning, memory, behaviour, perception, and consciousness.

2nd International Conference on Addiction Research & Behavioral Health

Vancouver, Canada,

The 2nd International Conference on Addiction Research and Behavioural Health will take place on October 16-17th October in Vancouver, Canada.

The theme of the event is “Exploring Innovation in Addiction Research present Era" and topics that will be addressed will include:

Sex Differences in Cannabis Use

Struik, D., Sanna, F., & Fattore, L. (2018). The modulating role of sex and anabolic-androgenic steroid hormones in cannabinoid sensitivity. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 12, 249.
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Cannabis remains the most commonly used illicit drug worldwide and, with the rise of decriminalisation and legalization of marijuana for medical and recreational use, it is expected this will increase even further. There are, however, notable differences in the prevalence of cannabis use and rates of addiction between males and females.

Role of Addiction and Stress Neurobiology on Food Intake and Obesity

Sinha R. (2018). Role of addiction and stress neurobiology on food intake and obesity. Biol Psychol; 131:5-13. doi: 10.1016/j.biopsycho.2017.05.001. Epub 2017 May 4.
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The US remains at the forefront of a global obesity epidemic with a significant negative impact on public health. While it is well known that a balance between energy intake and expenditure is homeostatically regulated to control weight, growing evidence points to multifactorial social, neurobehavioral and metabolic determinants of food intake that influence obesity risk.

The Winding Road to Relapse: Forging a New Understanding of Cue-Induced Reinstatement Models and their Associated Neural Mechanisms

Namba MD, Tomek SE, Olive MF, Beckmann JS and Gipson CD (2018) The Winding Road to Relapse: Forging a New Understanding of Cue-Induced Reinstatement Models and Their Associated Neural Mechanisms. Front. Behav. Neurosci. 12:17. doi: 10.3389/fnbeh.2018.00017
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In drug addiction, cues previously associated with drug use can produce craving and frequently trigger the resumption of drug taking in individuals vulnerable to relapse. Environmental stimuli associated with drugs or natural reinforcers can become reliably conditioned to increase behavior that was previously reinforced. In preclinical models of addiction, these cues enhance both drug self-administration and reinstatement of drug seeking.