B0005204 Neurons in the brain
Credit: Dr Jonathan Clarke.
Wellcome Images.  CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Emotional Memory Lab
The goal of our research is to understand the neural basis of emotional memories, particularly those pervasive memories that underlie substance abuse and learned fear disorders.
We employ viral-mediated gene transfer technology to manipulate neural circuits
that store and retrieve memories to ultimately control behavioral output.  
What we do
We are currently using Designer Receptors Exclusively Activated by Designer Drugs (DREADDs) to synthetically activate or deactivate neurons in a controlled manner.
This relatively new technology holds promise as a
potential clinical therapeutic. 
Click on the images above to read more about the techniques we are using to study addiction & fear.