Dr. Stacey Robinson, a postdoctoral fellow in Behavioral and Integrative Neuroscience and a member of Dr. Todd Thiele’s laboratory, is the recipient of a 2017 National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) fellowship.

NIAAA sponsors a variety of fellowships and career development programs to ensure the training of highly qualified investigators in alcohol-related research. Through the F32 program, NIAAA seeks to increase the diversity of new scientists conducting research in the biomedical, clinical, behavioral, and social sciences as related to alcohol abuse and alcoholism.

Dr. Robinson received a total award of over $177,000 (over three years) for her project, “The Role of Medial Prefrontal Cortex CRF Signaling in Binge-Like Ethanol Intake.” She will investigate how the neuropeptide corticotropin releasing factor (CRF) is altered in the medial prefrontal cortex in an animal model and determine if silencing the activity of these neurons and blocking the activity of CRF receptors will be protective against binge-drinking.

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