Since its inception in 1979, our Behavioral Pharmacology Laboratory has been pursuing research examining the underlying pharmacology and neuroanatomical sites of action of two major neurobehavioral homeostatic systems: a) Neurobehavioral Mechanisms of Food Intake, and b) Neurobehavioral Mechanisms of Pain Inhibition. These studies involved different evolving themes over the years that can be summarized into the following major categories with peer-reviewed publications. In the study of Neurobehavioral Mechanisms of Food Intake, the following themes have been examined: i) Pharmacology and Neuroanatomy of Conditioned Flavor Preferences, ii) Genetic Variance in Ingestive Responses, iii) Molecular Opioid Manipulations and Ingestive Behavior, iv) Neuroanatomical Mapping Studies of Opioid-induced Feeding, and v) Opioid Receptor Subtypes and Ingestive Behavior. In the study of [Neurobehavioral Mechanisms of Pain Inhibition], the following themes have been examined: i) Sex Differences in Opioid-Induced Analgesia, ii) Neuroanatomical Mapping Studies of Opioid-Induced Analgesia, iii) Stress-induced Analgesia, and iv) Non-Opioid Analgesic Responses. Since 2002, I have written the Endogenous Opioids and Behavior Annual Reviews which covers all of the peer-reviewed articles in the field for the previous year as well as providing Other Invited Reviews and Book Chapters.
To accomplish all of this work, I have been fortunate to have had a great number of talented doctoral, masters and undergraduate students working with me.