Sex differences modulating anxiety and binge-drinking behaviours

Excessive alcohol consumption and alcohol use disorders (AUD) are a rising issue in women, yet sex has been largely ignored in pre-clinical research and drug development. This project investigates the neurobiology of binge drinking and anxiety-like behaviours in male and female mice. We use novel neuroscience techniques including RNAscope, confocal microscopy, viral mediated neuronal knockdown and calcium imaging (fiber photometry) to answer these questions.

Research team



Xavier Maddern
Kade Huckstep

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Dr Leigh Walker

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