Dr. Edwards Receives Physiology Award


Congratulations to Scott Edwards, Ph.D., Department of Physiology, on his receipt of the New Investigator Award from the Central Nervous System Section of the American Physiological Society (APS).  The Edwards lab, which is part of LSU Health New Orleans Alcohol and Drug Abuse Center of Excellence, is investigating the neurobiological changes associated with altered motivational systems in drug and alcohol addiction. The researchers are determining alterations in neuronal signaling following excessive drug or alcohol use and then studying which neuroadaptations are most critically involved in driving excessive drug intake, relapse and other motivational disorders. The interaction of addiction and chronic pain is the most recent target of the research.             

According to the APS, “The American Physiological Society (APS) is a nonprofit devoted to fostering education, scientific research, and dissemination of information in the physiological sciences. The Society was founded in 1887 with 28 members. APS now has over 10,500 members. Most members have doctoral degrees in physiology and/or medicine (or other health professions). APS is a member of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), a coalition of 26 independent societies that plays an active role in lobbying for the interests of biomedical scientists.” 

Dr. Edwards will receive this award at the annual APS meeting to be held in San Diego in April of this year.  Congratulations!