|Dr. Howard Becker|
Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Professor, Department of Neurosciences
Medical Research Career Specialist, Ralph H. Johnson Veterans Affairs Medical Center
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).
|State University of New York, Buffalo, NY||B.S. ||1979 ||Biology|
|Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ||M.S.||1984||Biopsychology |
|Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ ||Ph.D.||1984||Biopsychology|
|Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC ||Postdoctoral||1985||Psychiatry/Alcohol Research|
|1985-1987||Instructor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, MUSC, Charleston, SC|
|1985-1991||Research Health Scientist, Ralph H. Johnson Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Charleston, SC|
|1987-1990||Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, MUSC, Charleston, SC|
|1990-1998||Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, MUSC, Charleston, SC|
|1990-present||Adjunct Professor, Psychology Department, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC |
|1991-present||Medical Research Career Scientist, Ralph H. Johnson Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Charleston, SC|
|1990-1998||Associate Professor, Department of Neurosciences, MUSC, Charleston, SC|
|1998-present||Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and the Department of Neurosciences, MUSC, Charleston, SC|
|1999-present||Scientific Director for Basic Research, Charleston Alcohol Research Center, MUSC, Charleston, SC|
Awards and Honors
|1991||Health Sciences Foundation Developing Scholars Award, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC|
|1992-1995||Member, VA Merit Review Board (Alcoholism and Drug Dependence)|
|1993-1994||President, South Carolina Chapter of Society for Neuroscience|
|1994-1999||Editorial Board: Alcohol Clin Exp Res|
|1994-2001||Member, NIH/CSR, Neuroscience and Behavior IRG, NIAAA (ALTX-3)|
|1995-2000||NIAAA Research Career Scientist Award|
|1996||Member, VA Special Review Board for Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Centers|
|1998||Member, VA Special Review Board for Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Centers|
|1998||Member, NIAAA Special Review Board for Alcohol Research Centers|
|1999-2003||Member, VA Behavioral, Psychiatric and Addictive Disorders Medical Research Advisory Group|
|2000||Member, NIAAA Special Review Board for Alcohol Research Centers|
|2001-2005||Elected Member, Board of Directors, Research Society on Alcoholism|
|2002||Member, NIAAA Special Review Board for Alcohol Research Centers|
|2002-2005||Chair, Elections Committee, Research Society on Alcoholism|
|2005-present||Editorial Board: Alcohol|
|2006-present||Scientific Director, NIAAA Integrative Neuroscience Initiative on Alcoholism (INIA-Stress Consortium)|
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.