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Identification of Mechanisms Underlying Addiction and Development of Novel Treatments

Project Leader Kazutaka Ikeda

Leader Kazutaka Ikeda


Addictive drugs, although a cause of drug dependency, which is a serious social problem as well as hallucinations and delusions, are widely used as a therapeutic agent in the treatment of chronic pain and developmental disorders.

This project seeks to elucidate the active mechanisms at work in addictive drugs and promote research that will assist in the medical applications of these results to develop new methods for the prevention and treatment of addiction and other disorders. Additional aims include the improvement of pain management techniques such as customized pain treatments and the development of new methods of treating developmental disorders such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism spectrum disorders.


  • To develop methods of treatment and prevention for addiction and similar disorders based on the active mechanisms in addictive drugs
  • To improve, adapt, and expand appropriate pain treatment tailored to the genes of particular individuals from early stages of treatment
  • To develop new treatments for developmental disorders, such as ADHD and autism spectrum disorders