Education & Training
Selected Honors & Awards
- Wang Y, Liu Z, Cai L, Guo R, Dong Y, Huang YH (2020) A Critical Role of Basolateral Amygdala to Nucleus Accumbens Projection in Sleep Regulation of Reward Seeking. Biological Psychiatry [Epub ahead of print].
- Ge F, Mu P, Guo R, Cai Li, Liu Z, Dong Y, Huang YH (2019) Chronic sleep fragmentation enhances habenula cholinergic neural activity. Mol Psychiatry [Epub ahead of print].
- Liu Z, Wang Y, Cai Li, Li Yizhi, Chen B, Dong Y, Huang YH (2016) Prefrontal cortex to accumbens projections in sleep regulation of reward. J Neurosci 36: 7897-7910 *Featured article.
- Chen B, Wang Y, Liu X, Liu Z, Dong Y, Huang YH (2015) Sleep regulates incubation of cocaine craving. J Neurosci 35: 13300-13310. *Featured article.
- Huang YH, Lin Y, Mu P, Lee BR, Brown TE, Wayman G, Marie H, Liu W, Yan Z, Sorg BA, Schlter OM, Zukin RA, Dong Y (2009) In vivo cocaine experience generates silent synapses. Neuron 63:40-47.
Bridgeside Labs Addiction Research: Molecular Psychiatry, The Journal of Neuroscience, & Psychopharmacology
The Huang, McClung, and Torregrossa Labs at the University of Pittsburgh’s Bridgeside Point II facility are part of the Department of Psychiatry’s Translational Neuroscience Program, which seeks to understand the neurobiological basis for complex human cognitive and emotional functions, and the manner in which alterations in the brain give rise to the types of disturbances in these functions that characterize...
Pitt Psychiatry Awarded $14.8M National Institute on Drug Abuse Center Grant Focused on the Role of Sleep and Circadian Rhythms in Substance Abuse
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has awarded Pitt Psychiatry a Center of Excellence (P50) grant to fund the Center for Adolescent Reward, Rhythms and Sleep (CARRS). The CARRS Center will be led by Colleen McClung, PhD (Professor of Psychiatry and Clinical and Translational Science) and Daniel Buysse, MD (UPMC Professor of Sleep Medicine and Professor of Psychiatry and Clinical and Translational Science)...
Now in Biological Psychiatry: Dissecting the Neural Circuity Underlying Sleep-Mediated Regulation of Reward
Regular sleep is critical for both health and optimal brain functioning. Sleep deprivation affects several regions within the brain’s reward circuitry, including the nucleus accumbens, the reward processing hub, as well as connected regions such as the amygdala. Changes in these brain regions are involved in impulsivity and increased drive for rewarding stimuli (such as sweet food), common symptoms of sleep...
University of Pittsburgh Awards Tenure to Yanhua Huang, PhD
We are delighted to announce that Yanhua Huang, PhD, has been appointed Tenured Associate Professor of Psychiatry by the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Huang’s research focuses on the role of changes in sleep on neural plasticity in reward circuits, with a focus on the association between sleep loss and addiction. She is currently the PI of five federally funded grants, including a National Institute on Drug Abuse...