Ronald L. Cowan

Vanderbilt University, USA


Ronald L. Cowan holds M.D. and Ph.D. degrees. He serves as an Associate Professor at the Departments of Psychiatry and Radiology and Radiological Sciences, School of Medicine, Vanderbilt University, Tenn, USA. Cowan also serves as an Associate Professor at the Department of Psychology in the same university. He is also a Scientific Director of the Vanderbilt Addiction Center and Director of the Psychiatric Neuroimaging Program in the Department of Psychiatry, Vanderbilt University. Cowan's lab studies the role of brain monoamines in mood and reward system function with the goal of understanding addictive disorders including substance abuse and overeating behavior resulting in obesity. He is currently utilizing neuroimaging, genetic analysis, and cognitive neuroscience to study the effects of MDMA (ecstasy) and methamphetamine on the brain's structure, function, and chemical composition. Furthermore, his lab studies the neural substrates of reward function, including the neural basis of dysphoria and euphoria using functional neuroimaging during substance-induced mood changes.

Biography Updated on 10 June 2012

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