NEUROSCIENCE GRADUATE STUDENTS

Ashley Furr Wallace

 
Ashley Wallace

Hometown

Chicopee, Massachusetts


Education

BA, Psychobiology
Chemistry (minor)

Wheaton College - Norton, Massachusetts


Lab Association

Kenneth Hargreaves, Ph.D., D.D.S.


Hobbies and Interests

Soccer, Hiking and Camping


Research

Pain is the single most common symptom that drives patients to seek health care. In 2010, the Institute of Medicine reported that more patients suffer from chronic pain in the U.S. than the total number of patients with cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Despite spending nearly $600 million a year on pain treatments, there still is no effective, safe and tolerable analgesic drug for many pain conditions. The work in the lab of Ken Hargreaves is focused on understanding peripheral mechanisms of pain transduction from the perspective of developing novel classes of analgesic drugs. Ashley utilizes electrophysiological and behavioral pharmacological methods, combined with cell culture and biochemical and molecular approaches to understand mechanisms of pain transduction at the level of the primary afferent nociceptive neuron.



• Accomplishments, Awards and Honors •

Outstanding Student Poster Presentation - 2013 Center for Biomedical Neuroscience Annual Retreat - May 2013


Outstanding Student Poster Presentation - 2010 Center for Biomedical Neuroscience Annual Retreat - May 2010



• Appointments, Boards, Committees and Memberships •

Society for Neuroscience


Integrated Multidisciplinary Graduate Program Review Committee Member - UTHSCSA (05/13- Present)


Student Health and Wellness Committee Member-UTHSCSA (05/14 - Present)


Peer Mentor for Incoming Graduate Students - UTHSCSA (06/14 - Present)



• Books and Publications •

Wallace, A., Pehrson, AL., Sánchez, C. and Morilak, DA. Vortioxetine restores reversal learning impaired by 5-HT depletion or chronic intermittent cold stress in rats. Int J Neuropsychopharmacol 2014 ahead of press


Furr, A., Lapiz-Bluhm, MD. and Morilak, DA. 5-HT2A receptors in the orbitofrontal cortex facilitate reversal learning and contribute to the beneficial cognitive effects of chronic citalopram treatment in rats. Int J Neuropsychopharmacol 2011 Oct 19:1-11



• Lectures, Posters and Presentations •

Amer. Psychiatric Assoc. 166th Annual Meeting - San Francisco, CA. - May 2013

Wallace, A., Pehrson, AL., Sanchez, C. and Morilak, DA. : Vortioxetine improves a reversal learning deficit in rats induced by serotonin depletion with PCPA (Poster)


Society for Neuroscience (SfN) Annual Meeting - San Diego, CA. - October 2010

Furr, AR., Lapiz-Blum, MD. and Morilak, DA. : Role of 5-HT2a receptors in Orbitofrontal Cortex in the Attenuation of a Chronic Cold Stress-Induced Cognitive Deficit by SSRI treatment (Poster)


8th Annual Center for Biomedical Neuroscience Retreat - San Antonio, TX. - May 2010

Furr, AR., Lapiz-Blum, MD. and Morilak, DA. : Role of 5-HT2a receptors in Orbitofrontal Cortex in the Attenuation of a Chronic Cold Stress-Induced Cognitive Deficit by SSRI treatment (Poster)


IMGP Recruiting Social/Poster Session - San Antonio, TX. - Feb 2010

Lapiz-Bluhm, MD., Furr, AR., Rodriguez, G. and Morilak, DA : Chronic Antidepressant Treatment Reverses Stress- Induced Reversal Learning Deficit in Rats


Society for Neuroscience (SfN) Annual Meeting - Chicago, IL. - October 2009

Lapiz-Bluhm, MD., Furr, AR., Rodriguez, G. and Morilak, DA : Chronic Antidepressant Treatment Reverses Stress- Induced Reversal Learning Deficit in Rats


7th Annual Center for Biomedical Neuroscience Retreat - San Antonio, TX. - May 2009

Lapiz-Bluhm, MD., Furr, AR., Rodriguez, G. and Morilak, DA : Chronic Antidepressant Treatment Reverses Stress- Induced Reversal Learning Deficit in Rats


UTHSCSA 16th Annual Graduate Student Symposium and Retreat - San Antonio, TX. - Jan 2009

Furr, A., Jett, J.D.*, Bedard, T., Rodriguez, G. and Morilak, D.A. : Blockade of Adrenergic Receptors During Chronic Unpredictable Stress Prevents the Detrimental Effects on Cognitive Flexibility in Rats


13th Annual Neuroscience Symposium - Austin, TX. - Jan 2009

Furr, A., Jett, J.D.*, Bedard, T., Rodriguez, G. and Morilak, D.A. : Blockade of Adrenergic Receptors During Chronic Unpredictable Stress Prevents the Detrimental Effects on Cognitive Flexibility in Rats