New MRC grant for Memory Persistence Lab

Dr Jonathan Lee has recently begun a new £605k grant funded by the Medical Research Council. The focus of the project will be on instrumental cocaine memory reconsolidation. We will be building on our recent work showing that instrumental sucrose memories (the memories that support a rat pressing a lever for a sucrose reward) do undergo reconsolidation, and so can be impaired to reduce reward-seeking. The new project will seek to translate these findings to models of cocaine addiction, in order to test whether such an approach can reduce relapse to cocaine seeking. Dr Marc Exton-McGuinness has returned to Birmingham in order to lead the research on this project.