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Nicotine Addiction During Adolescence: Evidence from fMRI

Mark Rubinstein, MD
Associate Professor
Jan 25 2011 - 3:00pm

Mark Rubinstein, M.D., is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Adolescent Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.  He received his M.D. from the Yale University School of Medicine in 1997 and completed his Fellowship in Adolescent Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, in 2003.  Beginning in 2003, Dr. Rubinstein has collaborated with Dr. Neal Benowitz on a number of projects looking at the impact of the rate nicotine metabolism has on adolescent nicotine addiction.  Specifically, he found that faster metabolizers of nicotine reported greater withdrawal symptoms after 24 hours of abstinence compared with slower metabolizers even after adjusting for the number of cigarettes smoked per day.  The metabolite ratio was also significantly correlated with self-described level of addiction.

Dr. Rubinstein has also begun a collaboration with the UCSF Dynamic Neuroimaging Laboratory, the goal of which is to extend research in adult smokers using event-related fMRI to adolescent smokers.  Data from this project will be presented.

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