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Pictured left to right above: Rebecca Derman, Fred Ayres, Yanaira Alonso-Caraballo, Max Oginsky, Carrie Ferrario, Casper Wolf, Kaylin White; 2017

Research Overview:

Our goal is to understand the neuro-biological mechanisms that contribute to drug addiction and obesity. Our current focus is on identifying and understanding alterations in excitatory transmission and plasticity within the brain's "reward pathway" that contribute to these conditions. To accomplish this, we use a variety of approaches including behavioral pharmacology, biochemistry, and slice electrophysiology.



Visit our student resources page to learn more about graduate and undergraduate research opportunities.

The Ferrario lab is part of:
The Department of Pharmacology: https://medicine.umich.edu/dept/pharmacology
The Neuroscience Graduate Program: http://neuroscience.med.umich.edu/
The Michigan Diabetes Research Center: http://diabetesresearch.med.umich.edu/

Current Funding:
R01DK106188: Alterations in Motivated Behavior in Rodent Models of Obesity awarded by NIH-NIDDK; 2015-2020

R01DK115526: Effects of insulin on NAc excitatory transmission and motivation for food awarded by NIH-NIDDK; 2018-2021

R21DA045277: Exploring the link between reactive oxygen species and CP-AMPAR up-regulation in addiction awarded by NIH-NIDA; 2018-2020

T32DA07268: Biology of Drug Addiction from NIH-NIDA; Co-I: Carrie Ferrario, PI: John Traynor














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