The Animal Models/Biochemical Measurement Core of The Scripps Research Institute Alcohol Research Center (TSRI-ARC) will provide a variety of behavioral and bioanalytical services to meet the specific needs of the Center at large. The first goal of the Core is to provide animals engaged in excessive drinking or have a history of excessive drinking using the intermittent access to ethanol drinking (IAE) model or chronic ethanol-induced dependence (CEID) model to TSRI-ARC and Center at Large investigators (Specific Aim 1). In addition, the Core will also supervise all changes in equipment and procedures and any refinement of the current animal models to ensure that standardized procedures are used across all laboratories. The second goal of the Core is to perform biochemical measurements, such as blood alcohol, cortisol/corticosterone, and ACTH levels and brain amino acid and endocannabinoid content, in support of all Center-related projects by establishing state-of-the-art techniques and an efficient, user-friendly website to schedule services, monitor progress, and receive data (Specific Aim 2). Finally, the last goal of the Core is to further characterize the animal models of excessive drinking to be utilized by the TSRI-ARC, including exploring the effect of excessive drinking on the transition to dependence and the effect of excessive drinking on the brain stress system by characterizing the consequence of a history of binge drinking (IAE model) on the brain stress system and the transition to alcohol dependence. Translational dependent measures also used in the Clinical Neurobehavioral Research Component will be employed (Specific Aim 3). The Animal Models/Biochemical Measurement Core will enable Center investigators to enrich the interpretational power of their experiments through investigations of behavioral, neurochemical, neuroendocrine, and pharmacokinetic processes contributing to alcohol dependence.

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The Animal Models/Biochemical Measurement Core of The Scripps Research Institute Alcohol Research Center (TSRI-ARC) will provide a variety of behavioral and bioanalytical services to meet the specific needs of the Center at large. The Animal Models/Biochemical Measurement Core will enable Center Investigators to enrich the interpretational power of their experiments through investigations of behavioral, neurochemical, neuroendocrine and pharmacokinetic processes contributing to alcohol dependence.

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Institute
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
Type
Comprehensive Center (P60)
Project #
5P60AA006420-31
Application #
8616705
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZAA1-GG)
Project Start
Project End
Budget Start
2014-01-01
Budget End
2014-12-31
Support Year
31
Fiscal Year
2014
Total Cost
$261,411
Indirect Cost
$123,463
Name
Scripps Research Institute
Department
Type
DUNS #
781613492
City
La Jolla
State
CA
Country
United States
Zip Code
92037
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