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George Koob Photo courtesy of Biomedical Graphics The Scripps Research Institute 2013

George F. Koob, PhD, has been named Director of the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH’s) National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). Dr. Koob is expected to join the NIH in January 2014 from The Scripps Research Institute, California Campus, where he is chairman of the Committee on the Neurobiology of Addictive Disorders and director of the Alcohol Research Center. He succeeds Kenneth R. Warren, PhD, who has served as NIAAA Acting Director for five years.

Dr. Koob is internationally recognized for his work on the neurobiology of addiction. His research has focused on the neurobiology of emotion, with particular interest on the theoretical constructs of reward and stress. His work has shed light on the neural circuits that are believed to be involved in reinforcing effects of drugs of abuse. More recent studies have suggested that adaptations of these reward circuits may be associated with the transition to dependence.

Dr. Koob earned his PhD in Behavioral Physiology at Johns Hopkins University. He has served at The Scripps Research Institute since 1983, prior to which he was a staff scientist at the Arthur Vining Davis Center for Behavioral Neurobiology of The Salk Institute for Biological Studies. He has received numerous teaching and research honors and awards, including the 2004 Mark Keller Award of the NIAAA.

UCF Appoints Interim Associate Dean for Research

Sampath Parthasarathy Photo courtesy of the UCF College of Medicine

Sampath Parthasarathy, PhD, MBA, has been appointed interim associate dean for research at the University of Central Florida (UCF) College of Medicine. Dr. Parthasarathy also holds the Florida Hospital Endowed Chair in Cardiovascular Sciences and serves as professor of medicine and associate director for research at the college’s Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences. An internationally renowned cardiovascular scientist, he is recognized as …

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