Dr. Mallet is a behavioural pharmacologist who studies the behavioural and neural effects of drugs, with a special emphasis on drugs of abuse.
A major focus of this research is concerned with cannabinoids, that is, chemicals that bind to the same brain receptors activated by marijuana. Using behavioural and immunohistochemical techniques with laboratory rats, Dr. Mallet examines how cannabinoid receptors are involved in normal behaviour (e.g., learning, memory, feeding, locomotion), pathological behaviour (e.g., addiction), and how cannabinoids interact with non-cannabinoid drugs such as cocaine, 'ecstasy', and heroin, to alter behaviour and brain activity. Dr. Mallet's research with animals has been carefully reviewed and approved by the Wilfrid Laurier University Animal Care Committee. Animals are treated in strict accordance with regulations and guidelines of the Canadian Council on Animal Care.