The opioid crisis continues as the number of deaths and hospitalizations due to opioids increases every year. Studying sex differences in opioid addiction pathways and mechanisms may help scientists understand the neural circuitry underlying opioid addiction, leading to future treatments. In this webinar, brought to you by Advanced Cell Diagnostics, Teresa Milner will describe how chronic stress alters gene expression during opioid-associated learning in male and female rats.

Topics to be covered

• How chronic stress alters mRNA expression of opioid markers in the hippocampus
• Sex differences in response to opioid-associated gene expression

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    Teresa A. Milner, PhD
    Professor of Neuroscience, Feil Family Brain and Mind Research Institute, Weill Cornell Medicine
    Teresa Milner received her bachelor of science from the University of California, Irvine, and her PhD from the University of California, San Diego. She joined Weill Cornell Medicine in 1982, where she is currently a professor of neuroscience in the Feil Family Brain and Mind Research Institute. Milner’s research group aims to understand the biological basis for sex differences in the brain. Her research focuses on two main areas: 1) cardiovascular circuitry in the brainstem and hypothalamus, and 2) the opioid system in the hippocampus. She serves as a teacher and mentor for graduate and medical school students and actively participates in public outreach and diversity.
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    Emily Martersteck
    Field Application Scientist, Advanced Cell Diagnostics, a Bio-Techne Brand
    Emily Martersteck has been a field application scientist with Bio-Techne (ACD) since 2018. Prior to joining ACD, she worked in a neuroscience research laboratory at Harvard University. Emily studied molecular, cellular, and developmental biology at the University of Colorado and is currently working on a master’s degree part-time in biotechnology management through Harvard’s Extension School. Her favorite RNAscope applications include neuroscience, splice variant detection, and gene therapy development.