Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Full Time Faculty
William C. Griffin, III, Ph.D.
Research Associate Professor
Addiction Sciences Division
Dr. Griffin's research interests include understanding the mechanisms that underlie the urge to drink and the maintenance of alcohol drinking. Dr. Griffin uses preclinical models of alcohol drinking and alcohol dependence to examine these issues. Techniques include various combinations of behavioral pharmacology and chemogenetics to provide an understanding of adaptations in glutamatergic systems in the nucleus accumbens as well as other brain that project to the nucleus accumbens, which are involved in regulating alcohol consumption. The overall goal of his research to understand what changes occur in the brain that promote excessive alcohol drinking so that more effective therapies can be developed for alcohol use disorders and dependence.
Clinical and/or Research Expertise
Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Alcoholism, Neurobiology of Addiction
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