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Neurochemical mechanisms behind alcohol-seeking - Andrew J Lawrence

Stanford Neurosciences Institute, Andrew J Lawrence
April 10, 2019 - 10:00am
Munzer Hall

Andrew J Lawrence

Florey Institute of Neuroscience & Mental Health


We have recently undertaken a multidisciplinary study to examine the involvement of the cholinergic system in alcohol use and abuse. Our data suggest that long term voluntary alcohol consumption alters the expression of muscarinic and nicotinic subunits, while the use of newly available allosteric modulators implicates select muscarinic receptors in them motivation to seek and consume alcohol.


Professor Andrew Lawrence is an NHMRC Principal Research Fellow & Associate Director at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience & Mental Health where he is Head of the Mental Health Research Theme and runs the Addiction Neuroscience laboratory. Andrew has published over 250 original articles & reviews, and been cited >9250 times (H index 52). Andrew was Treasurer of the Australian Neuroscience Society (2002-2008) and is a Fellow of the British Pharmacological Society. He was Senior Editor of The British Journal of Pharmacology (2007-2014) and is currently a reviews editor with The British Journal of Pharmacology. He is Editor in Chief of Pharmacology Research & Perspectives, Associate Editor of both Neurochemical Research and the Journal of Pharmacological Sciences. He sits on the editorial board of Addiction Biology. Andrew was recently President of the Asian-Pacific Society for Neurochemistry (2014-16) & is currently a Council member of the International Society for Neurochemistry and a Director of the International Society for Biomedical Research on Alcoholism. In 2017 Andrew delivered the Lawrie Austin Plenary lecture at ANS.

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