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Erin Calipari

The Tennessean: Meet the Calipari who holds court at Vanderbilt lab

Mar. 15, 2019—Erin Calipari, a principal investigator at the Vanderbilt Center for Addiction Research, has dedicated herself to making groundbreaking discoveries. As the daughter of Kentucky head basketball coach John Calipari, she's embracing her platform to share important scientific breakthroughs with people who might not otherwise be paying attention.

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VKC Hobbs Discovery and Strategic Priorities grants announced

Mar. 7, 2019—A Nicholas Hobbs Discovery Grant and a Director’s Strategic Priorities Grant have been awarded to Vanderbilt Kennedy Center investigators for 2019-20. The grants aim to further understanding of how social information is processed within the reward circuit and explore the creation of an objective measure of social information processing.

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Women’s hormones play role in drug addiction, higher relapse rates

Feb. 8, 2019—But long before female-specific medications are available, treatment centers could use the information in this study to educate women about their stronger mental connections to places and objects.

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Cytokine-cognition connection

Oct. 4, 2018—Erin Calipari and colleagues have shown that peripheral administration of a neuroprotective cytokine may improve dopamine signaling problems associated with certain psychiatric disorders.

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Immune system emerges as partner in opioid cravings fight

Sep. 5, 2018—There’s promise in specific immune system peptides—amino acid compounds that signal cells how to function. In this case, they may be affecting brain activity and, by extension, drug cravings.

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New faculty: Erin Calipari, assistant professor of pharmacology

Oct. 23, 2017—Erin Calipari could be described as a code breaker. Using technologies that allow her to probe the activity of single neurons in awake and behaving animals, she is piecing together the neural code that controls motivation and decision-making.

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