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Epidemiologists have been searching for decades for scientific evidence that tobacco and other substances really are "gateways" to harder drugs. Now neuroscientist Eric Kandel and colleagues, in partnership with his wife, epidemiologist Denise Kandel, have described a molecular mechanism by which nicotine enhances cocaine cravings in mice.
During a workshop at the annual meeting of the International Neuroethics Society, panelists advised ethical wannabes to just get started.
"Even though their personality might have changed and their behaviors might have changed, that neurobiology has not," says researcher Jerome Kagan.
Researchers are combining brain imaging, genetics, and molecular and cellular biology to find new ways to understand and treat anxiety disorders and schizophrenia.
This month, Rose discussed neurological, psychiatric, and addictive disorders with Eric Kandel of Columbia University, Gerald Fischbach of the Simons Foundation, Cornelia Bargmann of Rockefeller University, Nora Volkow of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and Thomas Insel of the National Institute of Mental Health. The Charlie Rose Brain Series is shown on PBS stations, and then is available on the program's website.