NIDA Center

Contact for further information:
Dr. Charles Chavkin, Director


The University of Washington Center for Drug Addiction Research brings together investigators studying various actions of drugs of abuse (opiates, cocaine, amphetamine, cannabis, MDMA). This is a multidisciplinary group working in the departments of Pharmacology, Physiology & Biophysics, Anesthesiology, Biochemistry, Psychology and Psychiatry. Ongoing research activities within the Center are diverse and include molecular, genetic, biophysical, animal behavioral, and human clinical studies. The Center organizes the regular communication of research results, facilitates research collaborations, and enhances research training in this area by sponsoring monthly research meetings, inviting distinguished extramural scientists to present seminars on campus, hosting critical discussion of published literature (journal clubs), and facilitating the research training of young investigators.

The Center activities are open to all members of the university interested in drug abuse research.

The NIDA-Center maintains a shared animal behavioral testing facility as part of its Behavioral Core. The facility in the 6th floor C-wing includes equipment for assessing CPP, nociception, locomotor activity, and operant behavior. Specific items of equipment are available for use by any member of the Center for Drug Addiction Research. For more information, please contact, C Chavkin (6-4954) or

More information can be found at the following links:

Upcoming Meetings
Archive of past meetings: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Training Program
"Molecular Basis of Drug Abuse" T32 DA07278-20

Opioid Systems Journal Club

Conjoint 556 Course 2013

Course Web site: Pharmacology 534 "Molecular basis of drug addiction."
2004 Course Web site
2006 Course Web site
2008 Course Web site
2010 Course Web site
2012 Course Web site

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