Recent News!

September 19th, 2018: Nicotinic Receptors and Adolescent Substance Use Highlight, Lotfipour Lab, Department of Emergency Medicine, UC Irvine Medical Center

June 16th-19th. 2018: International College of Neuropsychopharmacology, World Congress, Vienna, Austria. Maternal Nicotine's Effects on Learning and Memory in Adolescent Mice. Mojica C, Yu Bai, Lotfipour S.

June 16th-19th. 2018: International College of Neuropsychopharmacology, World Congress, Vienna, Austria. Nicotine Gateway Effects Enhance Adolescent Alcohol Intake and Preference in Mice. Cardenas A, Yin Y, Liu S, Lotfipour S.

June 12, 2018: Irvine Center for Addiction Neuroscience Summer Symposium

June 11th, 2018: Matthew Cordova, Undergraduate Student, from the University of Notre Dame, joins the laboratory for the summer

June 1st, 2018: Justin Cordeiro, National Institutes of Health MARC U*Star Summer Research Program Fellow from  CSU Bakersfield joins the laboratory for the summer.

May 19th, 2018: Yu Bai presents his work on the "Effects of Gestational Nicotine Exposure on the Striatum of Adolescent Offspring" at the Undergraduate Research Symposium poster and oral presentation @ 8:30 AM and 1:30 PM - Moss Cove A, UCI Student Center, *Selected as a post-symposium highlights poster for additional viewing at the UC Irvine administration building

May 19th, 2018: Hellen C. Nguyen, Yuexi Yin and Alejandra Saenz present their work on the "Sex-Dependent Effect of Gestational Nicotine Exposure on the Developing Brain" at the Undergraduate Research Symposium poster and oral presentation @ 8:30 AM and 1:30 PM - Moss Cove A, UCI Student Center, *Selected as a post-symposium highlights poster for additional viewing at the UC Irvine administration building

May 19th, 2018: Justina Chang presents her work on the "Investigation of ⍺6 Nicotinic Acetylcholine Subunit during Adolescence and its Effects on Psychostimulant Use" at the Undergraduate Research Symposium poster presentation @  1:30 PM - UCI Student Center, *Selected as a post-symposium highlights poster for additional viewing at the UC Irvine administration building

May 1st, 2018: Congratulations to Yuexi Yin and Yu Bai for attaining Excellence in Research in the Biological Sciences. Their final individual papers will be published in the online Journal of Undergraduate Research in the Biological Sciences, 2017-2018.

April 9th, 2018: New Publication Available On-line: Maternal Nicotine Exposure Effects on Adolescent Learning and Memory Are Abolished in Alpha(α)2* Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptor-Null Mutant Mice. DOI information: 10.1016/j.neuropharm.2018.04.010

March 28th, 2018: Congratulations to Anjelica Cardenas for attaining the Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship, a three-year award administered by the Fellowships Office of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The selection is based on individuals who show: 'scholarly competence as well as the promise for future achievement as a scholar, researcher, and teacher in an institution of higher education.'

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Activities

Winter Conference on Brain Research, Snowmass, CO. Translational studies on the impacts of developmental nicotine exposure on adolescent and adult learning, memory and addiction. Panel Presentation With: Kay Elizabeth Linker (Presenter, Frances Leslie Laboratory, UCI), Shahrdad Lotfipour (Chair/Presenter, UCI), Thomas Gould (Presenter, Penn State College of Health and Human Development), Alexey Ostroumov (Presenter, John Dani Laboratory, University of Pennsylvania). January 28 - February 2, 2019.

Society for Neuroscience. San Diego, CA. Cardenas A, Lotfipour S. (2018) Role of a 3’utr polymorphism (rs2304297) in the human alpha 6 nicotinic receptor subunit gene in adolescent substance use. November 3rd – 7th.

Society for Neuroscience. San Diego, CA. Ren M, Chang J, Lotfipour S. (2018). CRISPR/Cas9 knockdown of the alpha 6 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor subunit in the adolescent rat brain. November 3rd – 7th.