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Addiction – Substance Use Disorders

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About the Course

This course, by Dr Lauren Burgeno (University of Oxford) explores substance use disorders. In the first module, we think about drug addiction, a commonly used term which refers to a substance use disorder, and how it is studied. In the second module, we think about the biological underpinnings of addiction. In the third module, we think about factors which contribute to someone’s susceptibility to addiction after engaging in substance use. Next, we think about some pharmacological and non-pharmacological strategies implemented to treat drug addiction. In the fifth and final module, we think about how harm reduction policies can be used to help alleviate the suffering of individuals with substance use disorders and improve their communities.

About the Lecturer

Dr Lauren Burgeno is a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics at the University of Oxford. Dr Burgeno’s research interests are in the mechanisms by which striatal acetylcholine gates cue-elicited dopamine release and how this contributes to addiction related behaviour. Dr Burgeno’s recent publications include Time-dependent assessment of stimulus-evoked regional dopamine release (2019) and Genetic isolation of hypothalamic neurons that regulate context-specific male social behaviour (2016).

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