- Professor Of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Neuroscience Program And Pharmacology
Dr. Itzhak's laboratory investigates animal models of drug addiction. The primary focus is on the behavioral, neurochemical and cellular effcects of psychostimulant drugs such as cocaine, methamphetamine and MDMA (Ecstasy). In one project we investigate the contributions of the nNOS gene, age and gender to sensitivity to psychostimulant drugs in mice (wild-type and knockout). In another project, we investigate the behavioral consequences of methamphetamine and Ecstasy neurotoxicity on cognitive functions in mice. Our goals are to a) investigate the mechanism(s) of action of psychostimulants and b) discover potential therapeutics against drug addiction and neurotoxicity.
1982- Ph.D. Neuropharmacology, Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel
1982-1985 Postdoc training, Dept. of Psychiatry & Pharmacology, NYU Medical Center, NY, NY
1985-1988 Lecturer, Hebrew University Hadassah School of Medicine, Jersusalem, Israel
1988-1998 Associate Professor, Bichemistry & Molecular Biology, University of Miami School of Medicine
1998-present Professor (tenured) Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences University of Miami School of Medicine