Academic Appointments

  • Professor (Research), Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences


Stanford Advisees


All Publications

  • Two-Pronged Control of the Dorsal Raphe by the VTA. Neuron Kauer, J. A., Polter, A. M. 2019; 101 (4): 553–55


    In this issue of Neuron, Li etal. (2019) distinguish two separable GABAergic projections from the ventral tegmental area (VTA) to the dorsal raphe nucleus (DRN), with differential mu-opioid receptor regulation, each targeting different postsynaptic neurons and promoting opposing behavioral states.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.neuron.2019.01.059

    View details for PubMedID 30790535

  • Synaptic plasticity and addiction NATURE REVIEWS NEUROSCIENCE Kauer, J. A., Malenka, R. C. 2007; 8 (11): 844-858


    Addiction is caused, in part, by powerful and long-lasting memories of the drug experience. Relapse caused by exposure to cues associated with the drug experience is a major clinical problem that contributes to the persistence of addiction. Here we present the accumulated evidence that drugs of abuse can hijack synaptic plasticity mechanisms in key brain circuits, most importantly in the mesolimbic dopamine system, which is central to reward processing in the brain. Reversing or preventing these drug-induced synaptic modifications may prove beneficial in the treatment of one of society's most intractable health problems.

    View details for DOI 10.1038/nrn2234

    View details for Web of Science ID 000251074700013

    View details for PubMedID 17948030

  • LTP: AMPA receptors trading places NATURE NEUROSCIENCE Kauer, J. A., Malenka, R. C. 2006; 9 (5): 593–94

    View details for DOI 10.1038/nn0506-593

    View details for Web of Science ID 000237417200003

    View details for PubMedID 16639403