PHARMACOLOGY RESEARCH FACULTY
Lisa Gerak
 
Selected Publications

Lisa Gerak

Assistant Professor/Research
Ph.D., Pharmacology
Louisiana State University Medical Center
New Orleans, Louisiana

Office: 210-567-0106
Email: gerak@uthscsa.edu

 
 

Keywords


benzodiazepine, neuroactive steroid, dependence, tolerance

 

Research Summary


Studies conducted in this laboratory examine the acute and chronic behavioral effects of benzodiazepines and other positive GABAA modulators, particularly neuroactive steroids. Benzodiazepine tolerance and dependence differentially alters the effects of positive GABAA modulators, depending on their site of action.

 

Our primary research goal is to investigate changes in GABAA receptor function with benzodiazepine tolerance and dependence, discover the nature of differences between the effects of neuroactive steroids and those of benzodiazepines, and determine whether these differences can be exploited for clinical benefit.


 

• Appointments, Boards, Committees and Memberships •

2013-2015 - Secretary/Treasurer of the Behavioral Pharmacology Division of the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET)


06/98-Present - College on Problems of Drug Dependence


11/93-Present - Society for Stimulus Properties of Drugs


2005-Present - American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET) Member