Compulsive behaviors are repeated, perseverative actions that are difficult to inhibit despite clear intentions and harmful consequences for the patients. While their expression is diverse – ticks, compulsive eating, and addiction are all examples — compulsive behaviors are driven by shared neuro-circuitry that must be studied from the genetic and molecular level to system-based and behavioral expression. The CCB’s mission is to understand the neurobiology of complex behaviors that result in these compulsive and repetitive actions, and to develop and test new therapeutics aimed at alleviating or reversing these behaviors. By understanding the processes that promote or inhibit the development of compulsive behaviors, we can not only optimize existing treatments, but also for design new pharmacological and behavioral interventions.
The CCB is striving to advance scientific discovery in the field of compulsive behaviors and to develop expertise on the topic within the NIH Intramural Research Program (IRP). By bringing together basic scientists and clinical researchers from seven different Institutes, the Center fosters collaboration within the IRP neuroscience community, provides unique opportunities for research crossover and networking, and trains future experts in the field of compulsive behaviors.
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