Ernest Gallo Clinic and Research Center  

At the University of California, San Francisco
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Gallo Center
Emeryville CA

Andrew Kayser

University of California

Linda Wilbrecht

University of California

San Francisco
Mission Bay Campus
Kevin Bender
Robert Edwards
Howard Fields
Dorit Ron
Jennifer Whistler

San Francisco
VA Medical Center
Steven Batki
Joshua Woolley
Gallo Investigators
Howard Fields

Howard L. Fields, MD, PhD

Director of Human Clinical Research, Gallo Center
Professor of Neurology and Physiology, UCSF
Director, Wheeler Center for the Neurobiology of Addiction
Phone: (510) 985-3971


I have a major interest in motivational systems. Pain and pleasure are two important motivational forces that shape our behavior and help us to make informed decisions. I use an experimental approach in animals to analyze the circuits in the brain that mediate pain and reward. My interest in addiction is a natural outgrowth of my research on analgesic drugs, many of which are addicting. The studies of pain and reward are not as disparate as they might first appear. In fact, the relief of pain and the production of pleasure are closely related at both the subjective and neural circuit level. Both have strong influences upon, and are influenced by, learning. Current research in my laboratory utilizes in vivo and in vitro electrophysiology, pharmacology, and behavioral techniques. We are investigating the neural mechanisms underlying the acquisition and expression of reward-seeking and aversive behaviors.

Alcoholism: Vice or Disease?

Alcoholism: Vice or Disease? A Conversation with Howard Fields

Lab Members

Howard Fields' lab members

Daicia Allen, Staff Research Associate,
Fred Ambroggi, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow,
Allison Coker, Graduate Student,
Adam Ferris, Staff Research Associate,
Peter Fong, Staff Research Associate,
Gregory Hjelmstad, PhD, Associate Investigator,
Elyssa Margolis, PhD, Assistant Research Scientist,
Douglas Mill, Laboratory Assistant,
Jennifer Mitchell, PhD, Project Director, Clinical Studies,
Chichen Qiu, Staff Research Associate,


Howard Fields' publications

5980 Horton Street, Suite 370
Emeryville, CA 94608
Phone: (510) 985-3100

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