Daniele Piomelli, Ph.D.
Louise Turner Arnold Chair in the Neurosciences, professor of pharmacology and biological chemistry at University of California, Irvine

“Exposure to stress during childhood and adolescence increases the risk of developing drug abuse later in life, but the bases for this association are unclear. Previous work has shown that endocannabinoids, marijuana-like substances produced by the brain, help animals to cope with stress. We will ask whether alteration in the activity of these substances might explain the ability of early-life stress to change adult behavior.”