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!
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.”
The NIDA Genetics Consortium (NGC) encompasses consortia on Human Genetics of Substance Use Disorders and Animal Models of Addictive Behaviors. NGC was held in Washington D.C from January 14-15, 2019. Dr. Helen Kamens attended and presented a poster entitled, “Adolescent social stress influences later ethanol and nicotine behaviors and microRNA expression.”
4th year Ph.D. candidate Constanza Paulina Silva Gallardo was awarded the Elizabeth J. Susman Enhancement Fund in Biobehavioral Health. This award will support Constanza’s research in understanding the genomic and behavioral effects of reduced-nicotine Spectrum cigarettes in heavy smokers. Congratulations Constanza!
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.
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.
Thank you Penn State News for recognition of Dr. Kamens’ recently awarded CTSI and SSRI grants to address the opioid epidemic. Our lab is excited to get started. Read the full story Here.
Dr. Kamens was the recipient of a Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute Grant. The project titled, “The influence of adolescent social stress on opioid behaviors and gene expression” will follow up on recent work from our laboratory on the long-term consequences of stress during adolescence. Dr. Sonia Cavigelli, Dr. Sue Grigson, and Dr. Diana Dishbein are co-investigators.
The article, “Adolescent social stress increases anxiety-like behavior and ethanol consumption in adult male and female C57BL/6J mice,” was accepted for publication in the journal Scientific Reports. Authors include Kamens Lab members (Mike Caruso, Brad Fetherston, Carley Miller, Dana Reiss, and Helen Kamens) as well as collaborators Laura Seemiller, Sonia Cavigelli. The manuscript can be downloaded here.