Excited to share our BioRxiv preprint "Hippocampal Activity Dynamics During Contextual Reward Association in Virtual Reality Place Conditioning", in which we used two-photon calcium imaging to examine the neuronal representation of context as animals developed morphine-paired environmental associations using a virtual reality conditioned place preference (VR-CPP) paradigm. We found increased activity in rewarded contexts following real-time operant conditioning with water rewards, but not after Mor-CPP training, suggesting different neural encoding mechanisms for natural reinforcers and morphine.
The Moron Lab is more than happy to welcome Nisa Ibrahim as a Post Doc.
Nisa will start in the lab with a longitudinal study looking at the changes in the excitability of the hippocampus in the presence of chronic pain. To read her bio, click on the link below.
Our lab’s post docs Sidney Williams and Nicolas Massaly gave amazing talks at ACNP, held in Hollywood, Florida!
Hannah Frye writes an article that helps explain Missouri’s 2018 midterm elections ballot measures regarding cannabis legalization. Feel free to click on the link below to reach this article.
Washington University in St. Louis hosted special guests HHS Deputy Secretary Eric D. Hargan, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome M. Adams, and Dr. Elinore McCance-Katz, Assistant Secretary of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, to share how researchers are combatting the opioid epidemic. The visitors toured the lab of Dr. Jose Moron-Concepcion, who studies the molecular mechanisms that underlie opioid addiction.
We are happy and proud to see that Lucia Hipolito's work published in JNEuro in 2015 has been recommended in F1000Prime as being of special significance in its field!
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Strategy to battle opioid epidemic encourages multilevel approach
Washington University pain expert among researchers to author new recommendations
by Jim Dryden July 13, 2017
The Moron Lab is more than happy to welcome Dominika Burek as a Graduate Student.
Dominika will focus her work, co-mentored by Dr. Ream Al-Hasani, on stress and its influence on negative affects induced by inflammatory pain.