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Dr Emma Cahill

Research Interests

Neuronal signalling complexes, GPCR oligomers, Dopamine and Glutamate interactions, learning and memory, drug addiction


  • cocaine
  • associative learning
  • drug addiction
  • memory reconsolidation
  • reconsolidation
  • behaviour
  • learning
  • dopamine
  • goal-directed action
  • neuroscience
  • Addiction
  • reward
  • psychopharmacology
  • glutamate


Key Publications

Cahill E, Pascoli V, Trifilieff P, Lüscher C, Caboche J, Vanhoutte P  “D1R/GluN1 complexes in the striatum integrate dopamine and glutamate signalling to control synaptic plasticity and cocaine-induced responses”. Molecular Psychiatry (in press)

Pascoli V, Cahill E, Bellivier F, Caboche J, Vanhoutte P “Extracellular Signal-Regulated Protein Kinases 1 and 2 Activation by Addictive Drugs: A Signal Toward Pathological Adaptation.” (Review) Biological Psychiatry, 2014 Apr 18. pii: S0006-3223(14)00264-9.

Cahill E, Salery M, Vanhoutte P, Caboche J “Convergence of dopamine and glutamate signaling onto striatal ERK activation in response to drugs of abuse.” (Review) Frontiers in Pharmacology, 2014 Jan 8;4:172

Roze E, Cahill E, Martin E, Bonnet C, Vanhoutte P, Betuing S, Caboche J (2011) “Huntington’s disease and striatal signaling” (Review) Frontiers in Neuroanatomy, Aug 5:55.

Larkin A, Fahey B, Gobbo O, Callaghan CK, Cahill E, O'Mara SM, Kelly AM (2008) “Blockade of NMDA receptors pre-training, but not post-training, impairs object displacement learning in the rat” Brain Research, Mar 14;1199:126-32.