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Klaus Miczek
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Director, Behavioral Core of the Neuroscience Research Center, Sackler School of Biomedical Sciences
Professor of Psychology
Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1972


Klaus A. Miczek is the Moses Hunt Professor of Psychology, Psychiatry, Pharmacology and Neuroscience at Tufts University. He has served on research review committees for the National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institute on Mental Health, National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse, and National Center for Research Resources. He was a member of the National Academy of Science panel on "Understanding and Preventing Violence" (1989-1992) as well as its ILAR/NRC panel on the "Psychological Well-being of Primates." He is the Coordinating and Principal Editor of Psychopharmacology since 1992, and he serves on the editorial board of half a dozen other journals in this area. He was the president of the Division of Psychopharmacology, and of the Behavioral Pharmacology Society, and chaired the Committee on Animals in Research and Ethics of the American Psychology Association. He has received numerous prizes including the Solvay Duphar Award of the Division of Psychopharmacology and Substance Abuse of the American Psychological Association, a MERIT award from NIAAA, Silver Medals of the Charles University (Czech Republic). In 1997, the president of the Federal Republic of Germany bestowed the Knight's Cross of the Order of Merit on him. Dr. Miczek was named the Boerhaave professor at the medical faculty of Leiden University (Netherlands) and was twice Japan International Science & Technology Fellow at the University of Tokyo. He was visiting professor at La Sapienza University in Rome, the Charles University in Prague and at the University of Tuebingen (Germany). In 2006, Tufts University recognized Dr. Miczek with the Distinguished Scholar Award, and he was elected fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He published some 200 research journal articles, 40 reviews and edited 20 volumes on psychopharmacological research concerning brain mechanisms of aggression, anxiety, social stress and abuse of alcohol and other drugs. He was originally educated in Berlin (Germany) and received his Ph.D. in Biopsychology from the University of Chicago.

Currently, the work in Dr. Miczek's laboratory investigates two problems in the areas of (1) stress and drug abuse, and (2) behavioral neurobiology of aggression. First, members of the laboratory aim to learn about neuroadaptive mechanisms via which specific social stressors can intensify compulsive drug use or alternatively engender depressive-like anhedonia. Second, they are seeking to characterize the neurobiological features of those individuals who engage in escalated aggression after alcohol consumption.

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