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Release Date: 09/28/2022

13th Annual Research Forum (aka Extravaganza)

The 13th Annual Research Forum (aka Extravaganza) will be held on 2nd of November with keynote speaker Dr. David H. Ledbetter.


Release Date: 09/12/2022 Source: UIC Today

How many drinks is too many?

A new rodent study shows that even small quantities of alcohol can trigger epigenomic and transciptomic changes in brain circuitry in an area that is crucial in the development of addiction.  What’s more, the University of Illinois Chicago researchers who conducted the study say that the pathways involved in priming the brain for addiction are the same ones that are associated with the highs of drinking, like euphoria and anxiolysis, the clinical term for a level of sedation in which a person is relaxed but awake. 


Release Date: 09/12/2022 Source: NIAAA Science Blog

Study Shows Gene Editing May Hold Promise for Reversing Effects of Adolescent…

Gene editing could one day help reverse anxiety and excessive drinking caused by adolescent exposure to alcohol, according to a new study in rats supported by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). A team of investigators led by NIAAA grantee Subhash C. Pandey, Ph.D., the Joseph A.


Release Date: 08/24/2022 Source: Association of Scholars of the Middle East and Africa

Dr. Kalman Kaplan has been named a semi-finalist for the 2022 Bernard Lewis…

Dr. Kalman Kaplan has been named a semi-finalist for the 2022 Bernard Lewis Award given by ASMEA (Association of Scholars of the Middle East and Africa).


Release Date: 08/24/2022

Graduate student Catalina Ordorica defended her Masters Thesis Proposal

CAPACITY Lab graduate student Catalina Ordorica successfully defended her master’s thesis proposal on July 22nd, 2022. Ordorica’s proposal is titled ‘Leveraging Leaders in Child-Serving Legal System Reform’ and committee members include Brittany Rudd, PhD, Megin Wardle, PhD, and Robin Mermelstein, PhD.


Release Date: 08/24/2022 Source: I-MMÁS Latino/Latina Mental Health Symposium

Dr. Dana Rusch was an invited online presenter at the June 30th Illinois…

Dr. Dana Rusch was an invited presenter at the June 30th Illinois Mexican and Mexican-American Students Initiative (I-MMÁS) online International Symposium on Latino/Latina Mental Health. Her presentation focused on immigration policy and mental health. The recording of the symposium can be found here: