Research Focus

The research of the DEARC focuses on the two primary developmental periods during which EtOH exposure occurs: prenatally/postnatally through maternal use (including in breast milk) and during adolescence.

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DEARC's collaborative and multidisciplinary research venture is to understand the functional and neural effects of alcohol exposure throughout brain development — including the key developmental transitions of adolescence.


To understand mechanisms by which alcohol affects the developing brain and the developing brain affects the response to alcohol, and to use this knowledge as a platform for generating novel intervention/prevention strategies.

T32 Training

This T32 training program provides highly qualified pre- and post-doctoral trainees with an interdisciplinary program that focuses on research into developmental influences on drug and alcohol use from a translational perspective.

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