Kenneth Carr

Kenneth D. Carr, PhD
Professor
Departments of Psychiatry, and Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology
Alexandria Center for Life Sciences, Room 807
450 East 29th Street, New York, NY 10016
Office: 212-263-5749
Lab212-263-7295
Email: Kenneth.Carr@nyumc.org

KEY INTERESTS:
Reward, Addiction, Food Restriction, Nucleus Accumbens, Dopamine, AMPA Receptors

BIOGRAPHICAL DETAILS:
Graduate Education: PhD in Experimental Psychology at New York University (1980)
Postdoctoral Training: NYU School of Medicine (1980-1982)
Academic Appointments:   
1983: Research Assistant Professor in Psychiatry
1988: Research Associate Professor in Psychiatry
1996: Associate Professor in Psychiatry
2001: Associate Professor in Pharmacology
2011: Professor in Psychiatry, and Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology

Major Responsibilities: Director, NIDA Postdoctoral Training Program in Drug Abuse Research

RESEARCH INTERESTS:
Our laboratory has a general interest in the relationship between CNS mechanisms that regulate ingestive behavior and drug addiction, with a particular interest in neuroadaptations induced by food restriction that increase drug reward magnitude and vulnerability to binge pathology. We have used a psychophysical curve shift method of intracranial self-stimulation testing in rats to demonstrate that rewarding effects of diverse drugs of abuse are increased by food restriction. Food restriction has also increased acquisition and expression of preference for a drug-paired environment. Current studies are focused on nucleus accumbens dopamine receptor signaling and AMPA receptor trafficking as mechanistic underpinnings of these behavioral effects.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

LAB MEMBERS
Soledad Cabeza de Vaca, PhD, Assistant Professor
Xing-Xiang Peng, MD, PhD, Post-doc
Danielle Zheng, graduate student
Melissa Stouffer, graduate student
Amanda Lister, graduate student