Metabolomics, NPS, publication

Metabolomics predicts the pharmacological profile of new psychoactive substances.

March 25, 2019. Researchers from IMIM (Barcelona) and our department employed the quantification of monoamine neurotransmitters and steroid hormones in brain tissue and blood of rats to predict the pharmacological similarity of NPS to classical drugs of abuse. The metabolomics approach in animals improves the speed of NPS classification.

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Study shows dopamine plays a role in musical pleasure

Medical Xpress, 22/01/2019. An international team of researchers has found evidence of dopamine in the brain playing a role in the pleasure people feel when they listen to music. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the group describes experiments they carried out with volunteers who were given a dopamine precursor or antagonist and what they found.

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Study examines effects of different opioids on driving performance

Medical Express, 05-12-2018 Taking opioids for the treatment of pain has been associated with increased risks of crashing among drivers, but it is unknown whether this applies to all opioids or pertains to specific opioids only. A new British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology study found that the influence of single analgesic doses of methadone and buprenorphine—two different… Continue reading Study examines effects of different opioids on driving performance