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 •

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


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, 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 •

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