Our mission is to discover fundamental mechanisms that link addictive disorders (drug abuse and smoking) and their behaviors with neurochemical phenotype and genotype in healthy individuals and in those who suffer from neuropsychiatric diseases. The Center’s work focuses along 2 major lines:
- Research on the biological basis of addictive disorders
- Development of new probes for noninvasive imaging, including methods to visualize gene expression.
Spread among the West Los Angeles Veteran’s Administration, the UCLA Semel Institute & Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital, and the Ahmanson-Lovelace Brain Mapping Center, the Center for Addictive Behaviors (CAB), utilizes cutting-edge noninvasive in vivo imaging techniques in its research. With 2 separate cyclotrons, a positron emission tomograph (PET) and microPET scanner, and a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scanner at its disposal, our group remains at the forefront of drug addiction behavioral research.
In addition to our research, the center delivers a variety of courses in drug addiction and abuse, including training in transaltional research on drug abuse.