• End addiction

    We're Driven to End Addiction

  • Substance abuse affects 24 million Americans, and the opioid epidemic gains in urgency every day. Our researchers are tackling addiction collaboratively and from every angle. They’ve identified the root causes of relapse and are creating better, more targeted painkillers—all toward the goal of ending this national crisis.

  • End addiction

    We're Driven to End Addiction

  • Substance abuse affects 24 million Americans, and the opioid epidemic gains urgency every day. Our researchers are tackling addiction collaboratively and from every angle. They’ve identified the root causes of relapse and are creating better, more targeted painkillers—all toward the goal of ending this national crisis.

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    If painkilling drugs never reached the brain, there would be relief without addiction. Finding that path is the aim of George Wilcox.

    A no-brainer?
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    Carolyn Fairbanks is working with Wilcox to keep painkilling drugs away from the brain, and she’s also researching a gene-therapy approach to pain relief.

    Short-circuiting the brain
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    We know that 80-90 percent of people recovering from addiction relapse within a year. Kelvin Lim is learning to predict who has the highest risk of relapse.

    Most likely to succeed?
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    Mark Thomas believes there’s a neural “switch” that turns off that relapse behavior. If the signal for relapse can be interrupted, it would help people in recovery stay abstinent.

    Flipping the switch
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    The field of addiction is more than just genetics, and Molly Dingel seeks to illuminate addiction in its full social and environmental context.

    It’s complicated

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