We aim to translate discoveries in addiction neuroscience research into advances applicable to clinical treatment.

Leading the Fight Against Addiction

Welcome to ICAN

Over a billion individuals have substance use disorders across the world. The Irvine Center for Addiction Neuroscience (ICAN) creates an environment that will enhance the education of students (undergraduate and graduate) and postdoctoral trainees, as well as attract philanthropic activity through public awareness and outreach programs both local and beyond. The impact is transformative in fertilizing addiction neuroscience research and collaborations incorporating genetic, epigenetic, systems/circuits, and clinical approaches, as well as patient care/outreach.

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ICAN Members are made up of from members of the UCI School of Biological Sciences and School of Medicine. This includes faculty, postdocs, graduate students, undergraduate students and affiliates in the community.

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T32 Training Program

The training program in substance use and use disorders provides UCI graduate students and postdoctoral fellows with comprehensive, highly interdisciplinary training that includes the neurobiology of addiction, scientific writing and more.

ICAN Seminar Series

If you are interested in learning about drug addiction research, we invite you to join us for the Irvine Center for Addiction Neuroscience (ICAN) Seminar Series. Find out when the next Seminar Event is taking place.


News and Events

Find news, events and more related to addiction, faculty and research conducted by ICAN members and affiliates. Do you have addiction research or event news you'd like to submit for review? Please contact us here. We'd love to hear about it.

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Dr. Fowler – SfN’s Podcast Series

March 12, 2021

Associate Professor Christie Fowler discusses potential biases in experimentation and data interpretation in a new podcast from the Society for Neuroscience’s Foundations of Rigorous Neuroscience Research program. Hear how Professor Fowler and other neuroscientists minimize bias in their research!

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