Lauren Slosky is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacology and a member of the Medical Discovery Team on Addiction, a multidisciplinary initiative within the University of Minnesota's Medical School to advance research and treatment in the field of drug addiction. Dr. Slosky's research is focused on understanding how neuropeptide G protein-coupled receptors regulate reward, pain, and motivated behavior – and how these receptors can be targeted for therapeutic benefit. She is currently working to identify novel strategies for the treatment of stimulant and opioid addictions, with a focus on the development of allosteric and functionally selective small molecules. Dr. Slosky was awarded a B.S. with honors in Molecular and Cellular Biology and Psychology from The University of Arizona in 2011. She received a Ph.D. in Medical Pharmacology from The University of Arizona in 2015, under the mentorship of Dr. Todd W. Vanderah. Dr. Slosky completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the laboratory of Dr. Marc G. Caron at Duke University and joined the Department of Pharmacology as an Assistant Professor in 2021.
Substance use disorders are complex neurobehavioral pathologies for which there are a lack of effective therapeutics. The long-term goals of our research group are to expand our understanding of the biological basis of stimulant and opioid addictions and to develop mechanism-based pharmacotherapies for their treatment. In pursuit of these goals, we are working at the interface of receptor biology, behavioral pharmacology, and systems neuroscience.
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