Christie Fowler, assistant professor of neurobiology & behavior at UC Irvine, is one of six scientists to receive Avenir Awards from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. UC Irvine

UCI neurobiologist Christie Fowler wins prestigious Avenir Award for research on nicotine addiction

Christie Fowler, UCI assistant professor of neurobiology & behavior, is one of six scientists to receive an Avenir Award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Christie Fowler, UCI assistant professor of neurobiology & behavior, is one of six scientists to receive Avenir Awards from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to support highly promising and innovative early-stage research in HIV/AIDS or the genetics/epigenetics of substance abuse. Her research will explore novel brain activity associated with nicotine addiction. Fowler will investigate how gene messaging changes in a neural pathway that regulates the aversive properties of nicotine enhance the addictive nature of the drug. By identifying these underlying mechanisms, she hopes to provide a blueprint for the development of new treatments for nicotine addiction/smoking cessation. As part of the Avenir Award, NIDA is granting Fowler $2.3 million over five years for her research.

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