William McBride, Ph.D.

William J. McBride, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychiatry


Personal Statement  Alcohol and nicotine addiction are major economic, social and health problems that affect millions of people within the United States and worldwide. Understanding brain mechanisms that regulate addictive behaviors will greatly aid our ability to develop effective treatment strategies and reduce the impact that alcohol and drug use has on our society. Therefore, my research is focused on understanding brain mechanism underlying alcohol and nicotine abuse.
Education  Undergraduate: Rutgers University

Medical School: State University of New York at Buffalo
Current Academic Interests  Teaching: Director of research training program in the genetic aspects of alcoholism and I am involved in the professional development of predoctoral and postdoctoral fellows within this training program.

Research: Brain mechanisms mediating alcohol and drug addictions, including neuronal circuitries contributing to genetic vulnerability to alcohol and drug addiction, co-abuse of alcohol and nicotine, and alcohol relapse.
Recent Publications  Braken AL, Chambers RA, Berg SA, Rodd ZA, McBride WJ (2011) Nicotine exposure during adolescence enhances behavioral sensitivity to nicotine during adulthood in Wistar rats. Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior 99: 87-93.

Hauser SR, Ding Z-M, Getachew B, Toalston JE, Oster SM, McBride WJ, Rodd ZA (2011) The posterior ventral tegmental area mediates alcohol-seeking behavior in alcohol-preferring rats. Journal of Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics 336: 857-865.

Rodd ZA, Bell RL, Oster SM, Toalston JE, Pommer TJ, McBride WJ, Murphy JM (2010) Serotonin-3 receptors in the posterior ventral tegmental area regulate ethanol self-administration of alcohol-preferring (P) rats. Alcohol 44: 245-255.

William McBride, Ph.D.

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Indianapolis,IN, 46202
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