November 6, 2018
Neuro Faculty, Michael Bruchas, wins SfN Jacob P. Waletzky Award for contributions to understanding drug addictions
The Society for Neuroscience (SfN) will be awarding Michael Bruchas the Jacob P. Waletzky award this week in San Diego at their annual conference. This award is given to a young scientist whose independent research has led to significant conceptual and empirical contributions to the understanding of drug addiction. Bruchas’ studies illuminating the role of kappa-opioid receptors and signaling in stress, depression, and negative affect have been crucial to the understanding of how these systems affect behavior, especially substance use and abuse. Bruchas has even discovered new techniques to study the brain function in awake, behaving rodents, applying cutting edge technology to explore fundamental questions in the neurobiology of addiction.