Student: Victorita Ivan
Type of project: Basic, Translational, Neutraceutical
Grant Type: PhD
Year of Award: 2016
Supervisor: Dr. Aaron Gruber
Institutions Affiliated: University of Lethbridge
Background: Drug addiction is related to certain changes in how people make decision about drugs and the habits surrounding drugs. Ibogaine has some preliminary evidence of interrupting these changes, and this study seeks to test this hypothesis in an animal model of drug addiction.
Impact: Drug addiction is most often treated using abstinence and other drugs to block withdrawal effects, but there are no treatments to help interrupt and reverse the changes made in the brain that facilitate altered drug related decision making. This study could provide important pre-clinical evidence that ibogaine could be used in drug addition therapies for humans.