Article by the Kamens Lab to be published in Nicotine & Tobacco Research

The article entitled, “Pharmacokinetic profile of Spectrum reduced nicotine cigarettes,” was accepted for publication in the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research. Authors include Helen Kamens, Constanza Silva, Russell Nye, Carley Miller, Nayantara Singh, Joseph Sipko, Neil Trushin, Dongxiao Sun, Steven Branstetter, Joshua Muscat, John Richie, and Jonathan Foulds. Read this article Here.

Rachel Bartlett awarded an Erickson Discovery Grant

Congratulations to undergraduate junior Rachel Bartlett who was awarded an Erickson Discovery Grant. Rachel will conduct an independent project this summer to determine how adolescent social stress alters opioid receptor gene expression. Congratulations Rachel!

Kamens Lab outreach at Easterly Parkway Elementary

The Behavioral Neurogenetics Laboratory had so much fun visiting the science fair at a local elementary school to teach K-5th graders about their brains with brain hats, pipe-cleaner neurons, and distortion goggles!

Attending the 2019 Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco Meeting

The 25th Annual Meeting of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT) was held in San Francisco, CA from February 20-23. This year Dr. Helen Kamens attended and gave both a poster presentation and research talk.

Dr. Helen Kamens presenting her poster entitled , “Pharmacokinetic Profile of Spectrum Reduced Nicotine Cigarettes.”


Dr. Helen Kamens gave a podium presentation for the symposium Factors that influence co-abuse of alcohol and nicotine: a pre-clinical perspective on co-morbidity. Her talk was entitled, “Adolescent Social Stress Influences Later Ethanol and Nicotine Behaviors and miRNA Expression.”

Article by the Kamens Lab to be published in Alcohol

The article entitled, “The α3β4 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor antagonist 18-Methoxycoronaridine decreases binge-like ethanol consumption in adult C57BL/6J mice,” was accepted for publication in the journal Alcohol. Authors include Carley Miller, Colton Ruggery, and Helen Kamens.

Article by the Kamens Lab to be published in Neuroscience Letters

The article, “Early-adolescent male C57BL/6J and DBA/2J mice display reduced sensitivity to acute nicotine administration,” was accepted for publication in the journal Neuroscience Letters. Authors include Carley Miller, Michael Caruso, and Helen Kamens. Read this article Here.

SSRI Grant Awarded

Dr. Kamens was the recipient of a Penn State Social Science Research Institute Grant. The project entitled, “The influence of adolescent social stress on morphine behaviors” will expound upon prior research from our lab that determines how adolescent chronic stress may influence adult drug behaviors. Dr. Sonia Cavigelli, and Dr. Sue Grigson are co-investigators.