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CDAP > Basic Science Researchers > Dr. Howard Becker
Dr. Howard Becker

dr. becker

Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Professor, Department of Neurosciences
Medical Research Career Specialist, Ralph H. Johnson Veterans Affairs Medical Center 


 

 
Research Interests 

Dr. Becker’s research interests include neuropsychopharmacology of alcohol and other drugs of abuse and mechanisms underlying initial sensitivity to CNS drug effects, as well as neuroadaptive changes that result from chronic drug exposure (tolerance and dependence).

Education

State University of New York, Buffalo, NYB.S.   1979  Biology
Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJM.S.1984Biopsychology   
Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ      Ph.D.1984Biopsychology
Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC  Postdoctoral1985Psychiatry/Alcohol Research

Professional Experience

1985-1987Instructor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, MUSC, Charleston, SC
1985-1991Research Health Scientist, Ralph H. Johnson Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Charleston, SC
1987-1990Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, MUSC, Charleston, SC
1990-1998Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, MUSC, Charleston, SC
1990-presentAdjunct Professor, Psychology Department, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC 
1991-presentMedical Research Career Scientist, Ralph H. Johnson Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Charleston, SC
1990-1998Associate Professor, Department of Neurosciences, MUSC, Charleston, SC
1998-presentProfessor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and the Department of Neurosciences, MUSC, Charleston, SC
1999-presentScientific Director for Basic Research, Charleston Alcohol Research Center, MUSC, Charleston, SC

Awards and Honors

1991Health Sciences Foundation Developing Scholars Award, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC
1992-1995Member, VA Merit Review Board (Alcoholism and Drug Dependence)
1993-1994President, South Carolina Chapter of Society for Neuroscience
1994-1999Editorial Board: Alcohol Clin Exp Res
1994-2001Member, NIH/CSR, Neuroscience and Behavior IRG, NIAAA (ALTX-3)
1995-2000NIAAA Research Career Scientist Award
1996Member, VA Special Review Board for Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Centers
1998Member, VA Special Review Board for Alcohol and Drug Abuse  Research Centers
1998Member, NIAAA Special Review Board for Alcohol Research Centers
1999-2003Member, VA Behavioral, Psychiatric and Addictive Disorders Medical Research Advisory Group
2000Member, NIAAA Special Review Board for Alcohol Research Centers
2001-2005Elected Member, Board of Directors, Research Society on Alcoholism
2002Member, NIAAA Special Review Board for Alcohol Research Centers
2002-2005Chair, Elections Committee, Research Society on Alcoholism
2005-presentEditorial Board: Alcohol
2006-presentScientific Director, NIAAA Integrative Neuroscience Initiative on Alcoholism (INIA-Stress Consortium)

Recent Publications

Becker HC & Happel KI. Effects of alcohol dependence and withdrawal on stress responsiveness and alcohol consumption. Alcohol Research: Current Reviews 34(4):448-458, 2012.

Kroener S, Mulholland PJ, New NN, Gass JT, Becker HC & Chandler LJ. Chronic alcohol exposure alters behavioral and synaptic plasticity of the rodent prefrontal cortex. PLoS One 7(5):e37541, 2012. PMCID: 3364267

Lopez MF, Griffin WC, 3rd, Melendez RI & Becker HC. Repeated cycles of chronic intermittent ethanol exposure leads to the development of tolerance to aversive effects of ethanol in C57BL/6J mice. Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research 36(7):1180-1187, 2012. PMCID: 3527904

Melendez RI, McGinty JF, Kalivas PW & Becker HC. Brain region-specific gene expression changes after chronic intermittent ethanol exposure and early withdrawal in C57BL/6J mice. Addiction Biology 17(2):351-364, 2012.

Becker HC. Animal models of excessive alcohol consumption in rodents. Current Topics in Behavioral Neurosciences 13:355-377, 2013.

Carrara-Nascimento PF, Lopez MF, Becker HC, Olive MF & Camarini R. Similar ethanol drinking in adolescent and adult C57BL/6J mice after chronic ethanol exposure and withdrawal. Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research 37(6):961-968, 2013. PMCID: 3622824

Samantaray S, Patel KS, Knaryan VH, Thakore NP, Roudabush S, Heissenbuttle JH, Becker HC & Banik NL. Calpain inhibition prevents ethanol-induced alterations in spinal motoneurons. Neurochemical Research 38(8):1734-1741, 2013.

Becker HC. Animal models of excessive alcohol consumption in rodents. Current Topics in Behavioral Neurosciences 13:355-357, 2013.

  

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