Pietro Cottone, PhD
Associate Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Dept of Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics

PhD, University of Rome
MS, University of Palermo
PharmD, University of Palermo

Dr. Cottone is co-director of the Laboratory of Addictive Disorders. Dr. Cottone’s research interests focus on the neurobiological substrates of motivated behaviors including feeding and addiction. The major goal of Dr. Cottone’s research is identifying the biological bases of and potential treatments for eating disorders and obesity. Current studies concern the role of stress in compulsive eating and palatable food dependence. Areas of focused research include the investigation of the neurobiological bases of stress-related disorders such as anxiety and depression. Dr. Cottone’s studies are carried out on environmental and genetic animal models, using behavioral, biochemical, and molecular approaches.

Dr. Cottone co-directs a graduate course in neuropsychopharmacology offered for the first time in Fall 2010 which examines the interaction between behavior and classes of drugs that affect the central nervous system.

Graduate Faculty (Primary Mentor of Grad Students)
Boston University School of Medicine, Graduate Medical Sciences

Associate Professor
Boston University School of Medicine

2010-2014 National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Mental Health: Biobehavioral Research Awards for Innovative New Scientists (BRAINS)
2010-2014 Boston University School of Medicine: Peter Paul Career Development Professorship
2008 of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy: Paolo Guidetti Award, CINSPAN
2007-2011 National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA): NIH Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00)
2003-2007 University of Rome La Sapienza, Rome, Italy: Merit Predoctoral Fellowship for Graduate Studies
2003 University of Palermo, Palermo, Italy: Undergraduate Merit Fellowship

Determining the role of PACAP neuronal populations in alcohol drinking using PACAP-Cre mice
04/20/2018 - 03/31/2020 (PI)
NIH/National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Neurobiology of Compulsive Eating
03/01/2011 - 02/28/2017 (PI)
NIH/National Institute on Drug Abuse

Role of the Endocannabinoid System in Compulsive Eating
07/15/2010 - 03/31/2016 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Mental Health

Yr Title Project-Sub Proj Pubs
2019 Determining the role of PACAP neuronal populations in alcohol drinking using PACAP-Cre mice 5R21AA026051-02
2018 Determining the role of PACAP neuronal populations in alcohol drinking using PACAP-Cre mice 1R21AA026051-01A1
2015 Neurobiology of compulsive eating. 5R01DA030425-05 32
2014 Neurobiology of compulsive eating. 5R01DA030425-04 32
2014 Role of the Endocannabinoid System in Compulsive Eating 5R01MH091945-05 25
2013 Neurobiology of compulsive eating. 5R01DA030425-03 32
2013 Role of the Endocannabinoid System in Compulsive Eating 5R01MH091945-04 25
2012 Neurobiology of compulsive eating. 5R01DA030425-02 32
2012 Role of the Endocannabinoid System in Compulsive Eating 5R01MH091945-03 25
2011 Neurobiology of compulsive eating. 1R01DA030425-01A1 32
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  1. Quadir SG, Cottone P, Sabino V. Role of Sigma Receptors in Alcohol Addiction. Front Pharmacol. 2019; 10:687.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31258483.
  2. Moore CF, Blasio A, Sabino V, Cottone P. Impulsive choice does not predict binge-like eating in rats. Behav Pharmacol. 2018 12; 29(8):726-731.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30325787.
  3. Moore CF, Panciera JI, Sabino V, Cottone P. Neuropharmacology of compulsive eating. Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci. 2018 03 19; 373(1742).View Related Profiles. PMID: 29352024.
  4. Moore CF, Sabino V, Cottone P. Trace Amine Associated Receptor 1 (TAAR1) Modulation of Food Reward. Front Pharmacol. 2018; 9:129.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29535626.
  5. Apicco DJ, Ash PEA, Maziuk B, LeBlang C, Medalla M, Al Abdullatif A, Ferragud A, Botelho E, Ballance HI, Dhawan U, Boudeau S, Cruz AL, Kashy D, Wong A, Goldberg LR, Yazdani N, Zhang C, Ung CY, Tripodis Y, Kanaan NM, Ikezu T, Cottone P, Leszyk J, Li H, Luebke J, Bryant CD, Wolozin B. Reducing the RNA binding protein TIA1 protects against tau-mediated neurodegeneration in vivo. Nat Neurosci. 2018 01; 21(1):72-80.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29273772.
  6. Moore CF, Schlain GS, Mancino S, Sabino V, Cottone P. A behavioral and pharmacological characterization of palatable diet alternation in mice. Pharmacol Biochem Behav. 2017 Dec; 163:1-8.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29097161.
  7. Moore CF, Sabino V, Koob GF, Cottone P. Neuroscience of Compulsive Eating Behavior. Front Neurosci. 2017; 11:469.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28883784.
  8. Sabino V, Hicks C, Cottone P. Sigma Receptors and Substance Use Disorders. Adv Exp Med Biol. 2017; 964:177-199.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28315272; DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-50174-1_13;.
  9. Sabino V, Cottone P. Sigma Receptors and Alcohol Use Disorders. Handb Exp Pharmacol. 2017; 244:219-236.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28039543; DOI: 10.1007/164_2016_97;.
  10. Moore CF, Sabino V, Koob GF, Cottone P. Pathological Overeating: Emerging Evidence for a Compulsivity Construct. Neuropsychopharmacology. 2017 Jun; 42(7):1375-1389.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27922596; DOI: 10.1038/npp.2016.269;.
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