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Substance Abuse Related CSR Study Sections

Biobehavioral Regulation, Learning and Ethology Study Section [BRLE] – The Biobehavioral Regulation, Learning and Ethology Study Section reviews applications concerned with basic biobehavioral processes and adaptation across the lifespan [infancy through old age]. The Study Section primarily considers research with non-human animals [vertebrates and invertebrates] but relevant work with humans is also included. Normal and disordered processes are addressed. Although the focus is on behavior, studies may also consider related neural, hormonal, and genetic factors. Methods include [but are not limited to] behavioral experiments, naturalistic observation; hormonal, genetic, molecular, surgical and pharmacologic interventions; and computational modeling.

Biophysics of Neural Systems Study Section [BPNS]- The Biophysics of Neural Systems [BPNS] Study Section reviews applications on signal transduction in nerve, muscle, and other excitable cells, with the primary focus on the structure and function of the transducers themselves. This includes basic studies of subunit structure, molecular dynamics, gating and selectivity, and second-messenger cascades. This also includes basic biophysical studies of excitable membranes and their components, the biophysical integration of neural function, mathematical modeling, and computational studies. General approaches may include molecular and structural biology, pharmacology, biophysics, electrophysiology, protein chemistry, imaging and labeling techniques. Emphasis is on fundamental molecular mechanisms at the structural level, including those relevant to disease processes.

Molecular Neuropharmacology and Signaling Study Section [MNPS] – The Molecular Neuropharmacology and Signaling [MNPS] Study Section reviews applications on neurotransmitter and receptor signal transduction with a particular focus on neurochemical, neuroendocrine and molecular neuropharmacological mechanisms. This includes studies of ligand-receptor interactions, neuromodulator and hormonal interactions, neurotransmitter uptake and metabolism, neurotransmitter and neuropeptide synthesis, behavioral neuropharmacology and the development of receptor probes. Emphasis is on fundamental cellular and molecular mechanisms, including those relevant to the mechanisms of addiction and mental disorders

Neural Basis of Psychopathology, Addictions and Sleep Disorders Study Section [NPAS] – The Neural Basis of Psychopathology, Addictions and Sleep Disorders [NPAS] Study Section addresses the neurobiological bases and treatment of psychotic, behavioral, cognitive, emotional, addictive, sleep and eating disorders. NPAS covers a broad range of topics including structural, neuroimaging, functional, electrophysiological, molecular, genetic, biochemical, pharmacological, neuroanatomical, neuroendocrine, neurotoxicological, and neuropsychological aspects of these disorders. NPAS focuses on patient-oriented research involving human subjects and/or tissue samples as well as clinically relevant models of psychiatric disorders.

Neurobiology of Motivated Behavior Study Section [NMB] – The Neurobiology of Motivated Behavior [NMB] Study Section reviews applications examining the neuronal circuits critical to the mediation of rewarding and negatively motivated behaviors. Studies reviewed by NMB utilize molecular, cellular, anatomical, and behavioral techniques, however the emphasis of these application is the neurobiological mechanisms underlying the mediation of motivated behavior.

Neurotoxicology and Alcohol Study Section [NAL] – The Neurotoxicology and Alcohol [NAL] Study Section addresses the effects of environmental toxicants (such as pesticides or metals) or alcohol on the central nervous system.

Neurotransporters, Receptors, Channels and Calcium Signaling Study Section [NTRC]- The Neurotransporters, Receptors, Channels and Calcium Signaling [NTRC] Study Section reviews studies of signal transduction pathways in neurons, muscles, and other excitable cells with particular emphasis on cellular and molecular regulation, physiology and functional consequences. This includes studies of calcium physiology; regulation of ionic gradients, ion pumps and molecular transporters; ion channels; ligand-gated channels; receptors; and sensory transduction systems. Studies may employ molecular, cellular, biochemical, electrophysiological, and imaging approaches. Emphasis is on fundamental cellular mechanisms, including those relevant to disease processes, and simple circuit interactions, including the retina.

Pathophysiological Basis of Mental Disorders and Addictions Study Section [PMDA] – The PMDA Study Section addresses the pathophysiology of a broad range of psychiatric, addictive and neurological disorders and the biological systems that mediate cognitive, behavioral, emotional, social and learning abnormalities. The emphasis is on an integrative biological systems understanding of the abnormalities using a wide range of molecular, genetic, biochemical, pharmacological, cellular, behavioral, electrophysiological and neuroanatomical methods.

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