“I am looking specifically at how the dopamine transporter, DAT, in dopamine neurons of the brain responds to methamphetamines, cocaine and other drugs of abuse,” said Ingram. “If we can find out more about how dopamine neurons communicate with each other, and how psycho-stimulants alter that communication, we might be able to exploit this knowledge for therapy. We also hope to better understand how to prevent addiction.”
Ingram will be involving up to three undergraduates in this research, and one postdoctoral fellow. This grant continues her ongoing research interests in the neurological effects of addictive substances.