Summary of talk:
China is facing great challenges in curbing the world’s largest tobacco use epidemic. To improve long-term cessation outcome, there is a great need for the development of more efficacious cessation strategies that may be adopted by large populations of smokers. In recent years, electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) have gained rapidly increasing popularity among smokers in Western countries. Despite the fact that e-cigarettes originated in China in 2003 and China is currently the world’s predominant e-cigarette producer and exporter, little is known about e-cigarette use in mainland China. In this talk, Dr. Zuo will provide a brief overview of neuropsychological substrates of nicotine addiction. Drawing on recent findings on neuropharmacological effects of e-cigarettes from Duke University and other groups, he will discuss e-cigarettes as a potential aid in smoking reduction and cessation in China and the implications for further research in this field.
Yantao Zuo is currently an assistant professor in the psychiatry department, Duke University Medical Center. His research focuses on using neuroimaging approaches (EEG, functional MRI and PET) to investigate the brain mechanisms underlying addictive effects of nicotine and nicotine withdrawal and on individual differences (sex, genetic makeup, neurobiological markers, and personality traits) in affective and craving processes during smoking abstinence and cessation.
He received a bachelor and a master degree in psychology from Peking University and a doctoral degree in neuroscience at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Prior to his current position at Duke, he conducted postdoctoral research at NIDA Intramural Research Program at Baltimore, Maryland.