Research Seminar – 2/10/2012

Cognitive Enhancement and Drug Cue Extinction: Building Models, Building Bridges

George Sherman Union (GSU) Conference Auditorium

From the Animal Bench

Kathleen Kantak, PhD
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Dr. Kathleen Kantak Dr. Kantak is a Professor of Psychology and Director of the Laboratory of Behavioral Neuroscience in the Psychology Department of Boston University. Her academic and research interests focus on the biological bases of behavior and the behavioral pharmacology of drugs of abuse. Dr. Kantak presented research from experiments in rodents and nonhuman primates showing a strategy to augment extinction learning for drug relapse prevention and a model to understand the mechanisms involved.

Bench Research and Its Clinical Translation

Gary Kaplan, MD
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Dr. Gary KaplanDr. Kaplan is a Professor of Psychiatry and Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics at Boston University School of Medicine and is the Director of the Mental Health Service at VA Boston Healthcare System. His research examines signaling and neuroplasticity mechanisms in opiate sensitization and conditioned opiate reward, its extinction, and reacquisition. His translational work uses “bench to bedside” approaches in examining the neurobiological mechanisms of conditioning in addiction and fear and related behavioral and neuropharmacological treatment approaches.

To the Human Laboratory and Beyond

Michael Otto, PhD
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Dr. Michael OttoDr. Otto is a Professor of Psychology at Boston University and Director of the Translational Research Program at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders.  His research focuses on difficult-to-treat populations, including the application of cognitive-behavioral strategies to patients who have failed to respond to previous interventions, as well as developing novel strategies for bipolar disorder and substance use disorders. Current research includes investigations of potential moderators of CBT efficacy, including several translational-research agendas.