Flagel Lab News

  • Allison Johnson was selected to present at the Harvard National Collegiate Research Conference in January of 2019!
  • Brittany Kuhn accepted a postdoctoral fellowship position in Dr. Peter Kalivas' lab at the Medical University of South Carolina!
  • Brittany Kuhn (Neuroscience Graduate Student), Paolo Campus (Postdoctoral Fellow) and Dr. Flagel recently published a Chapter in the online open-access book entitled: “Sign-tracking and Addiction” (edited by Drs. Arthur Tomie and Jonathan Morrow). You can see the entire book and Chapter 3: “The Neurobiological Mechanisms Underlying Sign-tracking Behavior”, here Sign-Tracking and Drug Addiction.
  • Dr. Flagel was recently awarded an R21 from NIDA to investigate the “Neurochemical Antecedents and Consequences of Distinct Learning Processes Relevant to Addiction Liability”. The Flagel Lab will be working with the teams of Dr. Robert Kennedy in the Department of Chemistry and Dr. Elizaveta Levina in the Department of Statistics at the University of Michigan to complete this work.
  • Dr. Flagel co-organized a European Behavioral Pharmacology Society (EBPS) Worskhop with Dr. Martin Paulus entitled, “Animal and Human Behavior: Using Computational Approaches to Build a Two-way Bridge”. The workshop was held in July 2018, at Downing College in the University of Cambridge, UK. Research presented at the meeting and ideas that were discussed will be included in a Special Issue of Psychopharmacology – Translational Computational Psychopharmacology. The Special Issue will be co-edited by Drs. Flagel and Paulus and is expected to be published in 2019.
  • Brittany Kuhn was selected for an International Behavioral Neuroscience Society (IBNS) Travel Award! She attended the IBNS meeting in Boca Raton, Florida and presented her work examining the role of cortico-thalamic circuitry in drug- and cue-induced reinstatement of cocaine-seeking behavior.
  • Brittany Kuhn and Layne Bond each recieved "Outstanding Poster Awards" for the work they presented at Michigan SfN.
  • Dr. Paolo Campus presented some exciting new work from the lab at the Winter Conference on Brain Research (January 2018, Whistler, British Columbia) in a panel entitled: “What About Me? The Paraventricular Nucleus in Reward Circuitry”.
  • Dr. Flagel participated in the 2017 National Academy of Medicine Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Symposium on “Pain and the Opioid Epidemic: A Path Forward”. The video can be found below.
  • Sofia Lopez was awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship to study the ways in which dopamine and glucocorticoids interact to modulate individual variation in stimulus-reward learning. The NSF Fellowship will support her from 2017-2020!