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Research Profile

Dr. Antonelli Bonci

Antonello Bonci, M.D., is one of the world’s leading researchers in neuropsychopharmacology. He is known for the elegance and multidisciplinary breadth of his studies on the long-term effects of drug exposure on the brain. Dr. Bonci and his colleagues were the first to demonstrate that drugs of abuse, such as cocaine, modify the strength of the connections between neurons. This finding cast a new light on the phenomenon of drug addiction, which could now be seen as a process of maladaptive learning. This new understanding, in turn, helped explain why drug taking can often become an automatic, compulsive behavior. His research center in addiction medicine, GIA is located in Miami, Fl.