Early Career Independent Investigator Award
Congratulations to Carrie Ferrario!
Dr. Carrie Ferrario has been named the 2017 recipient of the ASPET Division for Neuropharmacology Early Career Independent Investigator Award. Dr. Ferrario has developed expertise in a number of areas ranging from molecular pharmacology to nutrition and behavior. She has used her impressive arsenal of skills to investigate brain mechanisms mediating reinforcement, including excessive food consumption and drug taking. Her group has discovered rather astonishing long-term changes in brain function and behavior caused by eating “junk food”. The implications of her research in rats are significant for human health insofar as they underscore the overlapping neurobiology of food addiction and drug addiction and provide clear evidence that eating certain types of food might profoundly impact vulnerability to abuse drugs. Thus, her work is highly relevant to the current obesity epidemic and to the ongoing challenges of drug and alcohol abuse.