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Jacqueline Paniccia, a graduate student in Behavioral and Integrative Neuroscience, received a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Pre-doctoral Fellowship from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

The purpose of the Kirschstein NRSA Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Award is to enable promising pre-doctoral students to obtain individualized, mentored research training from outstanding faculty sponsors while conducting dissertation research in scientific health-related fields. Research training is expected to enhance the individual’s potential to develop into a productive, independent research scientist.

Under this fellowship, Jacqueline will investigate the neurobiological mechanisms by which heroin and heroin-conditioned cues negatively alter the peripheral immune response. Ultimately, this work will identify neural targets to dissociate the physiological effects of heroin from previously heroin-paired stimuli. Congratulations, Jackie!

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