During adolescence, the brain regions such as prefrontal cortex necessary for cognitive and executive function, working memory, motivated behaviour and emotional regulation are being reorganized. Cholinergic system and cholinergic nicotinic receptors are important role players in this maturation process of the brain from adolescence to adulthood.
Developmental Nicotine Exposure Engenders Intergenerational Downregulation and Aberrant Posttranslational Modification of Cardinal Epigenetic Factors in the Frontal Cortices, Striata, and Hippocampi of Adolescent Mice
Maternal smoking of traditional or electronic cigarettes during pregnancy, which constitutes developmental nicotine exposure (DNE), heightens the risk of neurodevelopmental disorders including ADHD, autism, and schizophrenia in children.
This is a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) module and Knowledge Exchange Workshop currently hosted by the University of Stirling on behalf of SPECTRUM. It is convened by Dr Allison Ford and has been successfully delivered for over ten years at various of our partner Universities throughout the UK.
- Examined drug effects of tobacco, marijuana and combined marijuana + nicotine use.
- Hippocampal volumes were smaller in marijuana users (with or without nicotine).
- Abnormal brain-behavior relationships in combined marijuana + nicotineusers.
Combined use of marijuana (MJ) and tobacco is h
On 12-14th September 2019, the 19th SRNT Europe conference will be held in Oslo, Norway.
The conference will be centred around the theme of ‘Tobacco use in clinical practice and populations’, and will cover the great breadth of tobacco and nicotine research in the following topics:
· Pre-clinical/basic science
E-cigarettes are now the most commonly used form of tobacco among youth in the US. As traditional cigarette use among youth has declined, e-cigarette use has steadily increased.
The latest Addiction Journal Podcast gives listeners a snapshot overview of the research that has been published in the March edition of the Addiction Journal.
Though adolescent cigarette smoking rates have decreased over the past four decades with fewer than 1 in 25 teens reporting daily tobacco use, e-cigarette use has increased two-fold. There are still lower rates of adolescent nicotine use overall, but a potentially dangerous trend has emerged with the increased use of vaping.
The Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco are holding their 25th annual meeting on the 20th- 23rd February 2019 in San Francisco, California.