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CDAP > Basic Science Researchers > Dr. Ron See
Dr. Ron See

Dr. See

Professor, Department of Neurosciences
Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences



Research Interests

Dr. See’s research lab is centered around four current research projects. The first project involves neural substrates of addiction and relapse, using animal models of chronic psychostimulant and opiate self administration to study the role of specific brain nuclei and neurotransmitter systems in mediating drug-taking and drug-seeking behavior. The second project relates to translational research in addiction, with the ultimate goal of determining successful pharmacotherapies for the treatment of drug abuse and dependence. The next research topic is focused on determining sex differences and ovarian hormone regulation in a model of relapse to cocaine-seeking behavior produced by various stimuli. The final focus of Dr. See’s current research is directed toward understanding the mechanisms of short- and long-term antipsychotic drug action in the brain.


University of California, Berkeley, CA  B.A.  1984  Psychology   
University of California, Los Angeles, CA   M.A.1985Psychobiology  
University of California, Los Angeles, CAPh.D.1989Psychobiology

Professional Experience

1982-1983 Research Assistant, Department of Psychology, University of California, Berkeley, CA
1983-1984Surgical Research Assistant, Letterman Army Institute of Research, San Francisco, CA
1984-1989Graduate Research Assistant, Dept. of Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles, CA
1989-1994Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Washington State University, Pullman, WA
1996-1997Visiting Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, Kuwait University, Kuwait
1994-1998Associate Professor, Dept. of Psychology, Washington State University, Pullman, WA
1999-presentProfessor, Dept. of Physiology and Neuroscience and Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC

Recent Publications

Buffalari DM, Baldwin CK, Feltenstein MW & See RE. Corticotrophin releasing factor (CRF) induced reinstatement of cocaine seeking in male and female rats. Physiology & Behavior 105(2):209-214, 2012. PMCID: 3225499

Buffalari DM, Baldwin CK & See RE. Treatment of cocaine withdrawal anxiety with guanfacine: relationships to cocaine intake and reinstatement of cocaine seeking in rats. Psychopharmacology (Berl) 223(2):179-190, 2012.

Feltenstein MW, Ghee SM & See RE. Nicotine self-administration and reinstatement of nicotine-seeking in male and female rats. Drug and Alcohol Dependence 121(3):240-246, 2012. PMCID: 3258537

Gabriele A, Pacchioni AM & See RE. Dopamine and glutamate release in the dorsolateral caudate putamen following withdrawal from cocaine self-administration in rats. Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior 103(2):373-379, 2012. PMCID: 3494757

Glavan G, See RE & Zivin M. Differential patterns of synaptotagmin7 mRNA expression in rats with kainate- and pilocarpine-induced seizures. PLoS One 7(5):e36114, 2012. PMCID: 3342241

Reichel CM, Chan CH, Ghee SM & See RE. Sex differences in escalation of methamphetamine self-administration: cognitive and motivational consequences in rats. Psychopharmacology (Berl) 223(4):371-380, 2012. PMCID: 3698560

Reichel CM, Ramsey LA, Schwendt M, McGinty JF & See RE. Methamphetamine-induced changes in the object recognition memory circuit. Neuropharmacology 62(2):1119-1126, 2012. PMCID: 3262904

Reichel CM & See RE. Chronic N-acetylcysteine after cocaine self-administration produces enduring reductions in drug-seeking. Neuropsychopharmacology 37(1):298, 2012. PMCID: 3238061

Reichel CM & See RE. Chronic modafinil effects on drug-seeking following methamphetamine self-administration in rats. International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology 15(7):919-929, 2012. PMCID: 3258466

Schwendt M, Reichel CM & See RE. Extinction-dependent alterations in corticostriatal mGluR2/3 and mGluR7 receptors following chronic methamphetamine self-administration in rats. PLoS One 7(3):e34299, 2012. PMCID: 3315516

Zhou L, Ghee SM, Chan C, Lin L, Cameron MD, Kenny PJ & See RE. Orexin-1 receptor mediation of cocaine seeking in male and female rats. Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics 340(3):801-809, 2012. PMCID: 3286310

Zhou L, Smith RJ, Do PH, Aston-Jones G & See RE. Repeated orexin 1 receptor antagonism effects on cocaine seeking in rats. Neuropharmacology 63(7):1201-1207, 2012. PMCID: 3442258

Feltenstein MW & See RE. Systems level neuroplasticity in drug addiction. Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine 3(5):a011916, 2013.

Mahler SV, Moorman DE, Feltenstein MW, Cox BM, Ogburn KB, Bachar M, McGonigal JT, Ghee SM & See RE. A rodent "self-report" measure of methamphetamine craving? Rat ultrasonic vocalizations during methamphetamine self-administration, extinction, and reinstatement. Behavioural Brain Research 236(1):78-89, 2013. PMCID: 3482304


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