News and Events


We congratulate Víctor Echeverry-Alzate and Isabel Suela-Sanchez who this month successfully defended their PhD thesis.

First, Víctor Echeverry-Alzate presented his PhD thesis entitled “Pharmacological treatment in alcohol and cocaine co-administration: effects on gene expression in the rats’ prefrontal cortex”. Dr. Angel Santos accompanied by Dr. Fernando Rodriguez de Fonseca as secretary and Dra. Rosario Moratalla, Dr. Lluis Montolliu and Dr. Luis Fernando Aguacil as external examiners, chaired the defense.

Isabel Suela-Sanchez defended her thesis “Assessment of risk and protection factors of an universal drug prevention program in an educational environment” just a week later. Her thesis committees were Dra. Raquel Gomez De Herasas chairman, Dra. Gloria De Lucas as secretary and Dra.Noelia Granados, Dr.Ricardo Llorente and Dr. Gustavo Gonzalez Cuevas as external examiners

Dr. Jose Antonio Lopez-Moreno supervised both theses. Víctor Echeverrys thesis was also co-supervised by Dra. Elena Giné.


As the past years, our group has again formed part of the this year`s Science Week. Because of the great success of our last year’s activity “How do genes influence behavior and mental illness” we offered this activity again this year. Again, the activity started with a lecture held by Prof. Jose Antonio López Moreno and was followed by a guided tour through our laboratory and research facilities conducted by Victor Echeverry and Javier Calleja Conde.


This month two research papers from our group have been released. The first one, entitled “Histone Deacetylase Gene Expression Following Binge Alcohol Consumption in Rats and Humans”, has been published in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research and analyses the expression patterns of HDACs 1-11 in peripheral blood in rats and humans, as well as in liver, heart and brain in rats, after alcohol consumption.

The second paper, has arisen from a collaboration between our group and the research group for Addiction Medicine leaded by Dra. Ana Polache from the University of Valencia. This paper is entitled “Acetadehyde sequestration by D-penicilamine prevents ethanol relapse-like drinking in rats: evidence from an operant self-administration paradigm” and has been published in the journal Psychopharmacology (Berl).


Prof. Jose Antonio López-Moreno will participate at the 2015 Meeting of the Spanish Network for Drug Addiction (Red de Trastornos Adictivos, RTA). The meeting will be held in Granada, Spain from the 22 to 23 of September 2015.



Several group members will attend the 15th Congress of the European Society for Biomedical Research on Alcoholism (ESBRA), which will be held in Valencia, Spain, from September 12 to 15 2015.

Team-leader Prof. Dr. Jose Antonio López Moreno will give a talk on pharmacological treatments for alcohol and cocaine interactions.

Congreso ESBRA Valencia 2015


Our group will participate at the 17th Annual Genes, Brain & Behavior Meeting (IBANGS) which will take place in Uppsala (Sweden) from May 19 to 23, 2015.

At the meeting, Prof. Jose Antonio López-Moreno, Víctor Echeverry-Alzate and Javier Calleja-Conde will present a selection of our newest and most recent research results.



A new collaborative research study between our group and Dra. MP Vivero’s group has been accepted for publication in the journal Neural Plasticity. The article is entitled: “Early maternal deprivation enhances voluntary alcohol intake induced by exposure to stressful events later in life”



Our geek christmas tree… with PCR plates 🙂



PBGLAB wishes you a Merry Christmas!


As for the last several years, our research group has participated in the 14th Science Week. The title of this year’s activity was “How do genes influence behavior and mental illness”. The activity started with an interactive lecture held by Professor Dr. Jose Antonio López-Moreno followed by a guided tour through our research facilities conducted by the team members Víctor Echeverry Alzate, Kora-Mareen Bühler and Javier Calleja Conde.