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Yossef Itzhak

General Information

Yossef  Itzhak


  • English


  • Professor Of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Neuroscience Program And Pharmacology

Research Interests

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.


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