PHARMACOLOGY POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWS
Brenda Gannon
 
Selected Publications

Brenda Gannon

Postdoctoral Fellow
Ph.D., Interdisciplinary Toxicology
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Little Rock, Arkansas

Lab: 210-567-4172
Email: gannonb@uthscsa.edu
Lab Association: Greg Collins, Ph.D.

 
 

Research Interests

• MDPV                                     • 'bath salts'
• abuse • addiction
• cathinones
 

Research Summary

As a member of the Collins laboratory, my research is aimed at understanding factors that mediate drug-taking and drug-seeking behaviors.


My current research uses behavioral and pharmacological assays such as intravenous self-administration, drug discrimination, and locomotor activity to investigate vulnerability to stimulant abuse and to evaluate potential treatments for drug abuse. This includes quantitative assessments of the abuse-related and toxic effects of common “bath salt” constituents (e.g., alpha-PVP, MDPV, and methylone) and comparisons to other well-known stimulant drugs of abuse (e.g., methamphetamine and cocaine).

 
 

• Accomplishments, Awards and Honors •

Chair’s Award for Research Excellence – Department of Pharmacology – 2017


Barbara H. Bowman Postdoctoral Research Scholarship Award – UTHSCSA – 2017


Young Scientist Travel Award, ASPET/Chinese Pharmacology Society Joint Meeting


Best Presentation Award – Postdoctoral Fellow – Behavior, Biology, and Chemistry Translational Research in Addiction Meeting – 2017


Outstanding Postdoctoral Poster - UTHealth San Antonio Pharmacology Annual Graduate Student Symposium - 2017


American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics/Experimental Biology (ASPET/EB) - Behavioral Pharmacology Division - Best Presentation Award - Postdoctoral Scientist Category - 2017


American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET) Washington Fellow - 2016


Outstanding Postdoctoral Poster - UTHSCSA Pharmacology Annual Graduate Student Symposium - 2016


Woolverton Award — International Study Group Investigating Drugs as Reinforcers (ISGIDAR) – 2016


Outstanding Achievement Award – Awarded by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences — 2016


ASPET; Behavioral Pharmacology Division – Best Abstract Award—Graduate Student, 1st Place - 2015



• Appointments, Boards, Committees and Memberships •

ASPET; Behavioral Pharmacology Division – Executive Committee, Communications Officer – 2017-2019


ASPET; Behavioral Pharmacology Division – Executive Committee, Postdoctoral Fellow Representative – 2017-2019


Young Scientist Delegate, ASPET/Chinese Pharmacology Society Joint Meeting – 2017


ASPET; Science Policy Committee – 2016-2018


ASPET; Behavioral Pharmacology Division – Executive Committee, Graduate Student Representative – 2015-2017


American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS); UAMS Student Chapter, Chair-Elect – 2014-2015


American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS); UAMS Student Chapter, Vice Chair – 2013-2014


Behavioral Pharmacology Society


International Study Group Investigating Drugs as Reinforcers (ISGIDAR)


American College of Toxicology



• Grants, Funding and Research Support •

NRSA Postdoctoral Training Fellow (T32) - UTHSCSA – 2016



• Lectures and Presentations •

Gannon BM, Rice KC, and Collins GT. Lorcaserin decreases the reinforcing effects of 3,4-methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) and cocaine in Sprague-Dawley rats - Experimental Biology annual meeting - Chicago, IL - 2017


Collins GT, Gannon BM, Galindo KI, Mesmin MP, and Rice KC. Abuse-related effects of “bath salts” mixtures: studies with MDPV, methylone, and caffeine in rats - Experimental Biology annual meeting - Chicago, IL - 2017


Gannon BM, Baumann MH, Rice KC, and Collins GT. Abuse-related effects of synthetic cathinones: importance of DAT/SERT relationships - UTHSCSA Department of Pharmacology Graduate Student Symposium - San Antonio, TX - 2017


Gannon BM, Baumann MH, Rice KC, and Collins GT. Abuse-related effects of synthetic cathinones: importance of DAT/SERT relationships - American Society of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics and the Chinese Pharmacology Society joint meeting - Hangzhou, China - 2017


Abuse-related effects of MDPV and structurally similar synthetic cathinones: relationship to DAT - University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology Seminar Series - August 2017


Gannon BM, Galindo KI, Mesmin MP, Rice KC, and Collins GT. Abuse-related effects of mixtures of cocaine and caffeine in rats - The College on Problems of Drug Dependence annual meeting - Montreal, CA, - 2017


Gannon BM, Rice KC, and Collins GT. Relative reinforcing effects of second-generation synthetic cathinones in rats - International Study Group Investigating Drugs As Reinforcers annual meeting - Montreal, CA - 2017


Fantegrossi WE, Gannon BM, and Russell LN. Two Failed Attempts to Establish Abused Bath Salts Constituent MDPV as a Conditioned Reinforcer in Mice: What the Heck am I Doing Wrong? International Study Group Investigating Drugs As Reinforcers annual meeting - Montreal, CA - 2017


Gannon BM, Rice KC, and Collins GT. Lorcaserin decreases the reinforcing effects of 3,4-methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) and cocaine in Sprague-Dawley rats - Center for Biomedical Neuroscience - San Antonio, TX - 2017


Determinants of reinforcing effectiveness among second-generation synthetic cathinones: relationship to DAT-selectivity - University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, Department of Pharmacology Seminar Series - March 2017


Gannon BM, Rice KC, and Collins GT. Relative reinforcing effectiveness of second-generation synthetic cathinones - Behavior, Biology, and Chemistry: Translational Research in Addiction annual meeting - San Antonio, TX - 2017


Mesmin MP, Gannon BM, Galindo KI, Rice KC, and Collins GT. Abuse-related effects of mixtures of cocaine and caffeine under self-administration in rats - Behavior, Biology, and Chemistry: Translational Research in Addiction annual meeting - San Antonio, TX - 2017


Galindo KI, Gannon BM, Mesmin MP, Rice KC, and Collins GT. Relative reinforcing effects of the synthetic cathinone 3,4-methylenedioxy-N-methylcathinone (methylone) in rats - Behavior, Biology, and Chemistry: Translational Research in Addiction annual meeting - San Antonio, TX - 2017


Stereoselective Differences in the Reinforcing Effects of Bath Salts Constituent 3,4-Methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) Under A Progressive Ratio Schedule of Reinforcement in Rats - The College on Problems of Drug Dependence Annual Meeting - Palm Springs, CA - 2016


Dose-addition analysis of the reinforcing effects of binary mixtures of the bath salts constituents: 3,4-methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) and caffeine in rats - The International Study Group Investigating Drugs As Reinforcers Annual Meeting - Palm Springs, CA - 2016


Relative Reinforcing Effects of 3,4-Methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) Under A Progressive Ratio Schedule of Reinforcement in Rats - Behavior, Biology, and Chemistry Annual Meeting - San Antonio, TX - 2016


Reinforcing, locomotor, and appetitive stimulus effects of orally self-administered bath salt constituent 3,4-methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) in mice - The International Study Group Investigating Drugs As Reinforcers Annual Meeting - Phoenix, AZ - 2015


In vivo effects of abused bath salt constituent 3,4-methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) and its enantiomers in mice: drug discrimination, thermoregulation, and locomotor activity - Behavior, Biology, and Chemistry Annual Meeting - San Antonio, TX - 2015