The mission of the Van Rijn lab is to uncover new strategies to treat psychiatric and neurological disorders. We specifically investigate the heavily co-morbid triad of drug use disorders, chronic pain disorders and mood disorders. Our primary target, the delta opioid receptor, is involved in the neuropharmacology of all three disorders and thus offers an exciting novel approach to treat these disorders. The Van Rijn lab covers all aspects of preclinical drug development including drug synthesis, drug screening, pharmacological characterization both in vitro and in vivo. We also perform mechanistic studies to improve our understanding of the etiology of these disorders.
News - 2021
April 1st, 2021 - Dr. van Rijn has joined the editorial board of Advances in Drug and Alcohol Research - a new official journal of the International Drug Abuse Research Society and the International Narcotics Research Conference.
March 23rd, 2021 - Dr. van Rijn and collaborators Drs Lill and Cushman were awarded a US patent 10,954,224 on delta opioid agonists.
March 23rd, 2021 - Dr. van Rijn presented a virtual seminar on "Identification of Natural and Synthetic Opioids to Treat Neurological Disorders" to chemistry students at Olivet Nazerene University.
March 1st, 2021 - Congratulations to Alex French for receiving an incentive award from the Purdue Animal Behavior Core to study the effects of kappa opioid drugs on ataxia.
January 11-13th, 2021 - Arryn Blaine and Alex French presented virtual posters at the Society for Neuroscience Global Connectome meeting. Arryn presented her poster titled "beta-arrestin recruitment is correlated with Delta Opioid Receptor Agonist-Induced Seizure Severity", Alex's poster was titled "Relating alcohol consumption behavior to ligand bias at the kappa opioid receptor"
January 11th, 2021 - Congratulations to Arryn Blaine for winning best poster during the PULSe Graduate recruitment event.
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December 6th, 2020 - Mee Jung Ko's thesis project manuscript "beta-arrestin depedendent ERK signaling positively correlates with reduced anxiety-like and conditioned fear-related behavior in mice" has been accepted for publication in Science Signaling.
December 2nd, 2020 - The Riley/Van Rijn manuscript "Isolation and Pharmacological Characterization of Six Opioidergic pricalima Nitada Alkaloids." has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Natural Products.
November 25th, 2020 - A paper by the Watts lab that we collaborated on, titled "The CUL3/neddylation inhibitor MLN4924 reduces ethanol-induced locomotor sensitization and inflammatory pain allodynia in mice" has been accepted for publication in Behavioural Brain Research
October 11th, 2020 - A paper by Dr. Pradhan at UIC "A non-convulsant DOR agonist, KNT-127, reduces cortical spreading depression and nitroglycerin induced allodynia", that Dr. van Rijn collaborated on was accepted by the journal Headache
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