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Remodeled Brain Circuits Hold Addiction Key, Study Suggests

By Sharon Kingman
Staff Writer

Tuesday, October 1, 2013
A new understanding of how the neural circuits in the brain alter following exposure to addictive drugs such as cocaine could allow researchers to identify targets for drugs to treat addiction. The discovery is challenging the previously held view of how the brain responds to repeated exposure to cocaine. Christian Lüscher, professor of neuroscience and neurology at the University of Geneva, told BioWorld International: “This finding is important because it helps us better understand the circuit remodeling that takes place in the brain as a result of exposure to cocaine, and in turn this brings us closer to understanding the nature of addiction.”

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