Ugochukwu Akpara is a fourth-year student at the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education. During her TRACC fellowship, she worked in Dr. Kaliris Salas-Ramirez’s lab to help elucidate the role of Taurine in adult and adolescent brains; she is also interested in learning more about the ways in which Taurine interacts with Cocaine and whether Taurine can help attenuate Cocaine preference. She became interested in the idea of translational research after taking Health, Medicine & Society 1 and 2 last semester. Both classes helped show what predisposes, enables, and reinforces certain behaviors. She saw that community health research and research into treatment of cocaine addiction were not mutually exclusive. The integration of the two seemingly different fields only made sense because you cannot solve a problem without looking at both how to prevent it and how to treat it. Through TRACC, she hopes to be exposed to more clinical aspects of addiction research; this will allow her to further understand how to best study potential treatments to substance abuse disorder. In her spare time, she enjoys playing videogames, tutoring, and reading post-apocalyptical science fiction books. Long term, she hopes to not only become a practicing physician, but also teach medicine at an academic institution.