Katia Gysling and her contributions to addiction research

For many, talking about Dr. Katia Gysling is talking about one of the greatest contemporary references in addiction research. After graduating in 1975 from the University of Chile as a biochemist and continuing his studies at North American universities such as Saint Louis in pharmacology and Yale later, he has dedicated much of his life to researching and training undergraduate and doctoral students and members of the network. RICPA on topics related to basic neuroscience and addiction research.

These achievements have earned her to become one of the few female full professors at the Catholic University of Chile and also a member of the Chilean Academy of Sciences. However, her teaching role has not been an impediment to her investigative work, which she has never set aside, being one of the founders of the Chilean Society of Neuroscience, at the same time that she has managed to climb in social and governmental recognition reaching advise institutions such as SENDA and WHO on issues related to drug use. She is currently considered one of the largest spokespersons nationwide on neuroscience and addiction issues.

What motivated you to investigate addictions?

The experience as a child seeing how alcohol can do so much damage to people and realize that a person cannot leave it even if they wanted to. That made me look for a memoir for a biochemistry degree on the subject.


Interview with Tamara J. Phillips

Answers to Interview Questions for the ISBRA Newsletter

November 2020

    1 How did you become interested in alcohol research?

    I think it's important for me to tell you how my interest in the field of behavioral genetics grew in the first place. I started studying music in college, but I soon found that my desire outweighed my talent, and I was smart enough to know when to take another direction. By then, I had already been introduced to psychology - but not yet genetics - and my circumstances led me to move to the eastern United States. With that move came the opportunity to take a unique course in behavioral genetics, a course not offered by many programs at the time, and I was given the opportunity to do research in a behavioral genetics laboratory. I fell in love with the idea that behavior has a genetic component and that this could be demonstrated by the ability to selectively breed for different levels of a particular behavior.