Primary Sources Speaker Series: “Personal Genetics and Addiction” with Dr. Vivek Kumar and Dr. Elissa Chesler on Tues., Aug. 8

Dr. Kumar and Dr. Chesler from JAX both work to explore how genetics and addiction are related. Dr. Kumar works to pinpoint genetic variants that increase susceptibility to addiction.  By understanding the biological reasons some people are at greater risk for addiction, Dr. Kumar hopes to find new ways to prevent people from being addicted and get help for those who are already addicted and need help now. Dr. Chesler researches the genetics underlying behavior and is pinpointing the relationships among behavioral traits. Her research has led to a gene library for researchers around the world, where they can mine archived genetic data for new insights into alcoholism and addiction research.