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ACNP Travel Award

Yanhua Huang, PhD Receives Travel Award
from American College of Neuropsychopharmacology


Congratulations to Yanhua Huang, PhD on her receipt of a Travel Award from the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP).  Dr. Huang was selected as a Travel Awardee from over 300 submissions received by the organization.  The award is supporting her participation at the 2014 ACNP Annual Meeting, which is taking place in Phoenix, Arizona from December 7-11, 2014.  

Dr. Huang is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and researcher in the Translational Neuroscience Program.  Her research interests focus on understanding the effects of sleep deprivation on neural activity in the nucleus accumbens, a key element at the limbic-motor interface that gates emotional/motivational responses during reward processing. Dr. Huang and her colleagues are investigating the cellular and molecular mechanisms of sleep-regulation of reward in the context of both natural reward seeking and drug addiction.  She is currently the Principal Investigator for two R01 projects (Dopamine Signaling and Synaptic Plasticity in the Nucleus Accumbens and Synaptic Reorganization in Drug Addiction) and an R21 grant (Presynaptic Release of Endocannabinoids in the Nucleus Accumbens).  In addition to her research activities, Dr. Huang is also actively engaged in the training and mentorship of undergraduate and graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows.

As part of the ACNP Travel Award, Dr. Huang will benefit from the mentorship of a member of the ACNP at the annual meeting and will have the opportunity to present her work to ACNP leadership, committee chairs and travel awardee mentors as part of a special travel awardee reception and poster session.  It also will allow her to interact with leading experts in the field of neuropsychopharmacology.