ORI in the News
Craving an Ice Cream Fix
The notion that food can be addictive has been debated for some time and largely rejected by both nutrition and addiction researchers. But this spring, the secretary of health, Kathleen Sebelius, said that for some, obesity is “an addiction like smoking.” One month earlier, Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, gave a lecture at Rockefeller University, making the case that food and drug addictions have much in common, particularly in the way that both disrupt the parts of the brain involved in pleasure and self-control. LEARN MORE
Genetic diversity fuels gene discovery for tobacco and alcohol use
Dr Bergen of ORI and GSCAN publish trans-ancestral tobacco and alcohol use gene discovery analysis in the Dec 7 issue of Nature.
Family-Based Intervention Lowers Long-Term Suicide Risk in Youth
ORI researchers were instrumental in conducting these important studies.
How do parent-child interactions, genes, and early prevention efforts affect teen substance use?
In a new grant, Research Scientist Erika Westling, Ph.D., and colleagues at Arizona State University will examine this question using data from participants (now young adults) when they were children.
Scientists funded to study sleep duration & depression in youth
Senior Scientist Lisa B. Sheeber, Ph.D., and colleagues at the University of Oregon have been funded to study the effect of sleep duration and timing on reward- and stress-related brain function.
ORI Senior Scientist Ed Feil, Ph.D. shares information on First Step Next
ORI Senior Scientist Ed Feil, Ph.D. shares information on First Step Next, a school and home intervention program that redirects focus from negative behavior to more positive behavior.