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Improving our understanding of and treatment for drug addiction in schizophrenia

Neuroscience & Non-Communicable Diseases

Speaker: Dr Rose Chesworth, Western Sydney University, NSW

Rose Chesworth graduated from the University of Sydney in 2007 with a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours). She then worked as a research assistant for 3 years with A/Prof Tim Karl, investigating gene-environment interactions in schizophrenia using genetic mouse models.

During her PhD (2011-2014) with Prof Andrew Lawrence, she examined the role of glutamate and adenosine receptors in methamphetamine addiction using genetic mouse models and viral mediated receptor deletion, to determine potential receptor targets for new addiction therapeutics.

Rose continued her research in drug addiction with her first postdoctoral position at Prof Bernard Balleine’s Behavioural Neuroscience Laboratory at the University of Sydney (2015). Here she investigated how noradrenaline in amygdala subregions mediated the extinction of alcohol seeking in rats, to determine the utility of pharmacologically targeting the noradrenergic system to help prevent relapse in alcohol addiction. She also piloted optogenetic techniques in the laboratory.

Rose brings her skills from drug addiction research to Western Sydney University, to examine drug-taking in animal models of schizophrenia with A/Prof Tim Karl.

All welcome. Drinks and nibbles from 3:30pm, seminar starts, 4pm.

Enquiries: Natasha Kumar;
Ingvars Birzniek;

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Friday, 30 August 2019 - 4:00pm
Wallace Wurth LG02
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