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Verginia C. Cuzon Carlson Ph.D.

  • (503) 346-5482
    • Assistant Professor Oregon National Primate Research Center
    • Behavioral Neuroscience Graduate Program School of Medicine
    • Neuroscience Graduate Program School of Medicine

Areas of interest

  • Developmental Neuroscience
  • Addiction


  • Ph.D., University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry 2008
  • Fellowship:

    • Postdoctoral Intramural Research Training Award Fellow, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Memberships and associations

  • Society of Neuroscience
  • Research Society on Alcoholism
  • Integrative Neuroscience Initiative on Alcoholism Stress Consortium


  • "Ultrastructural Localization of δ-Opioid Receptors in the Rat Caudate-Putamen Nucleus during Postnatal Development" Journal of Comparative Neurology December 15 2003
  • "Repeated Binge-like ethanol drinking alters ethanol drinking patterns and depresses striatal GABAergic transmission" Neuropsychopharmacology February 2014
  • "Voluntary ethanol intake predicts κ-opioid receptor supersensitivity and regionally distinct dopaminergic adaptations in macaques" Journal of Neuroscience April 15 2015
  • "Nerve growth factor in the hippocamposeptal system" Journal of Neuroscience May 30 2012
  • "Id2 is required for specification of dopaminergic neurons during adult olfactory neurogenesis" Journal of Neuroscience December 24 2008
  • "Vibrodissociation of neurons from rodent brain slices to study synaptic transmission and image presynaptic terminals." Journal of visualized experiments : JoVE  2011
  • "Erratum" Neuropsychopharmacology  2014
  • "Synaptic and morphological neuroadaptations in the putamen associated with long-term, relapsing alcohol drinking in primates" Neuropsychopharmacology November 2011
  • "Postnatal development of μ-opioid receptors in the rat caudate-putamen nucleus parallels asymmetric synapse formation" Neuroscience May 25 2003
  • "Ambient GABA promotes cortical entry of tangentially migrating cells derived from the medial ganglionic eminence" Cerebral Cortex October 2006
  • "GABAA receptor subunit profiles of tangentially migrating neurons derived from the medial ganglionic eminence" Cerebral Cortex August 2011
  • "Ethanol consumption during early pregnancy alters the disposition of tangentially migrating GABAergic interneurons in the fetal cortex" Journal of Neuroscience February 20 2008
  • "Striatal involvement in human alcoholism and alcohol consumption, and withdrawal in animal models" Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research October 2011
  • "Subsets of spiny striosomal striatal neurons revealed in the Gad1-GFP BAC transgenic mouse" Basal Ganglia November 2011
  • "Electrical coupling and synchronized subthreshold oscillations in the inferior olive of the Rhesus Macaque" Journal of Neuroscience June 15 2016
  • "Isoflurane Anesthesia Has Long-term Consequences on Motor and Behavioral Development in Infant Rhesus Macaques" Anesthesiology October 5 2016
  • "Folding, but not surface area expansion, is associated with cellular morphological maturation in the fetal cerebral cortex" Journal of Neuroscience February 22 2017
  • "Synaptic adaptations to chronic ethanol intake in male rhesus monkey dorsal striatum depend on age of drinking onset" Neuropharmacology March 15 2018
  • "Synaptic adaptations in the central amygdala and hypothalamic paraventricular nucleus associated with protracted ethanol abstinence in male rhesus monkeys" Neuropsychopharmacology January 1 2018
  • "Detecting Neurodevelopmental Effects of Early-Gestation Ethanol Exposure" Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research January 1 2019
  • "A comparative study of the pharmacokinetics of clozapine N-oxide and clozapine N-oxide hydrochloride salt in rhesus macaques" Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics February 1 2019
  • "Modulation of Gpr39, a G-protein coupled receptor associated with alcohol use in non-human primates, curbs ethanol intake in mice" Neuropsychopharmacology January 1 2019
  • "GABA and Glutamate Synaptic Coadaptations to Chronic Ethanol in the Striatum"  January 1 2018

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