Scott W. Rogers, Ph.D.

Title
Professor
Department
Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy
Institution
University of Utah
Address
Medical Research and Education B
20 N Medical Drive Room 401
City, State, Zip
Salt Lake City, UT 84132-3401
Phone
(801) 585-6339
E-mail
Scott.Rogers[at]hsc.utah.edu
Website
http://www.neuro.utah.edu/people/faculty/rogers.html
Research Field
Neuroscience
Award Year
1994

Research

Experimentally defining the genetics that shape the brain- and ultimately the behaviors it controls, such as those leading to the complex outcomes of addiction and age-related pathologies -is a challenging but promising endeavor. In this context, we use a mouse genetic approach to explore the interactions between nicotine addiction, inflammation and age-related degenerative disorders. Like humans, mice of different genetic background also exhibit remarkably different physiological mechanism(s) leading to nicotine dependence, regulation of inflammatory processes, and susceptibility to a variety of maladies experienced with age. Because we believe these processes are interactive, the mouse model appears to hold promise as a powerful tool for understanding how genetics and behavioral measures combine to individualize the physiological responses to nicotine as we age.