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Cholinergic Signaling in the Habenula-Interpeduncular Nucleus Explains Sex Differences in Alcohol Reinforcement

Original webinar date: March 12, 2024
Guest name: Junshi Wang, PhD

Dr. Junshi Wang is a distinguished neuroscientist specializing in addiction-induced neuroplasticity and its effects on motivated behaviors. Dr. Wang’s extensive research journey spans various laboratories dedicated to drug addiction research, where he has developed a multidisciplinary approach incorporating electrophysiology, molecular biology, single-cell transcriptomics, and behavioral assessments. With a focus on unraveling the complex molecular foundations of addiction, Dr. Wang utilizes cutting-edge techniques such as single-cell RNA sequencing and multi-omics, particularly within the interpeduncular nucleus (IPN). His work not only enhances our understanding of addiction but also highlights the importance of collaborative research environments and mentorship. Through this webinar, Dr. Wang will explore key topics including the role of the IPN in addiction and mood regulation, the application of single-cell mRNA sequencing, and the neural mechanisms underlying gender-specific vulnerabilities to alcohol abuse.

In this webinar, Dr. Wang will delve into three key learning objectives:

  • Understanding the multifaceted role of the interpeduncular nucleus (IPN) in addiction and mood regulation.
  • Exploring the use of single-cell mRNA sequencing to generate hypotheses and enhance the identification of neurophysiological and circuit mechanisms through electrophysiology.
  • Deciphering the neural mechanisms underlying the distinct vulnerability to alcohol abuse observed between males and females.
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