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Waggoner Center for Alcohol and Addiction Research

Investigators at the Waggoner Center for Alcohol and Addiction Research provide wide-ranging academic approaches to alcohol and addiction research. These research directives include studies of neural plasticity, molecular actions of alcohols and anesthetics, gene expression, and addictive behaviors.

Alcoholism creates and perpetuates enormous human suffering and is caused by both environmental and genetic factors. The effects are felt by everyone in our society. Research in this field has the potential to impact the lives of an estimated 126 million Americans.  Federal support for research on alcoholism is the lowest for any major public health problem. Lost productivity, the burden on the health care system, and other factors are estimated to cost $185 billion annually, and the emotional stress on family members and friends of the afflicted is incalculable.

The Waggoner Center for Alcohol and Addiction Research was created to research these neurological disorders. Dramatic scientific advances over the past two decades have revolutionized our understanding of alcohol and drug abuse. Foremost among these developments is the clear understanding that alcohol and drug addictions are treatable diseases of the brain.

The Center is strongly committed to training future scientists. In addition to developing undergraduate and graduate courses in addiction biology, UT Austin has designated endowment funds to support graduate students in this research field.

ALDRICH, RICHARD W
Richard W Aldrich
Professor
Karl Folkers Chair in Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research II

Molecular mechanisms of ion channels and signaling molecules.
512-232-6246
NHB 4.504
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ATKINSON, NIGEL S
Nigel S Atkinson
Professor
Molecular mechanisms underlying alcoholism
512-232-3404
PAT 228
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BLEDNOV, YURI
Yuri Blednov
Research Scientist
512-232-2520
MBB 1.124
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EBERHART, JOHANN K
Johann K Eberhart
Associate Professor
512-232-8340
PAT 522
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Ferguson, Laura
Laura B Zeavin
Research Affiliate, Postdoctoral Fellow
Guzman, Dawn Marie
Dawn M Guzman
Teaching Assistant NEU, Graduate Research Assistant
INS Graduate Student - Pierce Lab
HARRIS, R ADRON
R A Harris
Professor
M. June and J. Virgil Waggoner Chair in Molecular Biology

Investigating molecular mechanisms responsible for alcoholism and drug dependence.
512-232-2514
MBB 1.124
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IYER, VISHWANATH R
Vishy Iyer
Professor, Professor of Oncology
512-232-7833
MBB 3.212A
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JOHNSTON, DANIEL
Daniel Johnston
Professor, Director (Academic)
Karl Folkers Chair in Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research

Cellular neurophysiology–information processing and storage in single neurons and small neural networks; memory, epilepsy.
512-232-6564
NHB 2.504
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Lambeth, Philip
Philip S Lambeth
Graduate Research Assistant
INS Graduate Student - Gonzales Lab
MARTIN, STEPHEN F
Stephen F Martin
Professor
M. June and J. Virgil Waggoner Regents Chair in Chemistry

512-471-3915
WEL 5.416
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MAYFIELD, ROY D
Roy D Mayfield
Research Scientist
512-232-7578
MBB 1.124
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Messing, Robert
Robert Messing
Professor, Professor of Neurology
512-471-1735
HDB 5.320
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MIHIC, S J
S J Mihic
Associate Professor
M. June and J. Virgil Waggoner Professorships in Molecular Biology

Developing a better understanding of how ligand-gated ion channels function
512-232-7173
MBB 1.148
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MORIKAWA, HITOSHI
Hitoshi Morikawa
Associate Professor
M. June and J. Virgil Waggoner Professorships in Molecular Biology

Neurobiology of reward learning and addiction
512-232-9299
PAT
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Park, Annie
Annie Park

INS Graduate Student - Atkinson Lab
Pierce, Jonathan
Jonathan Pierce
Associate Professor
M. June and J. Virgil Waggoner Professorships in Molecular Biology

The genetic mechanisms that govern behaviors and contribute to neurological disorders.
512-232-4137
NMS 5.116
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Pomrenze, Matthew
Matthew B Pomrenze
Research Affiliate
INS Graduate Student - Messing and Marinelli Labs
Warden, Anna
Anna S Warden
Graduate Student Fellow
INS Graduate Student - Adron Harris Lab
MBB 1.138A
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