Research Lines

"We are committed to advance scientific research in Genetics, Behavior, Pharmacology and Prevention of Addiction"

Pharmacology

We are focused on the study of pharmacological compounds for the development of new treatments for drug addiction and other neuropsychiatric disorders. For this purpose, (a) we work with either drugs being tested in clinical trials (at least, Phase I) or already approved and marketed; (b) and using animal models with the highest predictive validity in humans to increase the probability of success from basic to translational research.

Departments of: Psychobiology, Work and Individual Differences & Development and Educational Psychology at the Complutense University and CIEMAT

We understand that our behavior is the consequence of a specific environment and a unique biological set-up. We study how behavior is regulated by organism’s genetics, how some stimuli trigger behaviors, and how pharmacological compounds can alter or establish healthy and adaptive behaviors. We use a broad integrative concept of behavior that comprises cognitive, physiological, emotional and motor components. We perform studies using humans and animal models.

Departments of: Psychobiology, Work and Individual Differences & Development and Educational Psychology at the Complutense University and CIEMAT

Behavior

Genetics

We are interested in the discovery of genetic variants that may explain individual differences in cognitive, emotional, physiological and biochemical processes. Also, we are working on the development of genetic markers that allow the follow up and prediction of pathological and normal processes, as well as responses to pharmacological treatments in psychiatry. To achieve this, we conduct experiments using humans and animal models.

Departments of: Psychobiology, Biochemistry & Cellular Biology at the Complutense University and CIEMAT

We consider that disease prevention is one of the biggest advances in science ever. In fact, the most effective and less expensive treatment for any disease, when possible, is to avoid the introduction of the disease. This statement makes even more sense regarding addiction since nobody’s born addicted, but some conditions -called environmental and genetic risk factors- make more likely that an individual become addicted. From several years we are working in the development and strengthen of drug and addiction programs among young adolescents.

Departments of: Psychobiology, Work and Individual Differences & Development and Educational Psychology at the Complutense University

Prevention