Olivier GEORGE – San Diego

Olivier george


Olivier George, Ph.D. is a Professor at the University of California San Diego, School of Medicine in the department of Psychiatry. He serves as the Co-Director of the Animal Core of the Scripps Research Alcohol Research Center, Director of the Cocaine and Oxycodone Biobanks, and founder of the Preclinical Addiction Research Consortium. Dr. George received his Ph.D. from the University of Bordeaux (France) and did postdoctoral work on animal models of addiction at Scripps Research. His studies span multiple levels of approaches from molecular to integrated systems using state-of-the-art animal models of addiction. Dr. George made several breakthrough discoveries including identifying neuronal ensembles of alcohol, nicotine, cocaine, and methamphetamine dependence and the network mechanisms controlling drug use. Dr. George has also pioneered the development of novel animal models of nicotine, opioid, and alcohol addiction using vapor self-administration. Using these approaches, he has contributed to the development of several Investigational New Drugs and hold several patents. He has given over 115 talks to audiences of all levels and published over 100 publications. His work is supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Institute on Alcohol and Alcoholism, and the Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program.