Researcher Profile

Researcher Profile

Helen Marie Kamens, PhD

Helen Marie Kamens, PhD

Broadhurst Career Development Professor for the Study of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention and Assistant Professor, Biobehavioral Health
Scientific Program:Cancer Control
hmk123@psu.edu

Research Interests

  • Ethanol
  • Nicotinic Receptors
  • Genes
  • Nicotine
  • Pharmaceutical Preparations
  • Inbred C57BL Mouse
  • Methamphetamine
  • Substance-Related Disorders
  • Alcohols
  • Brain
  • Ataxia
  • Gene Expression

Recent Publications

2019

Miller, CN, Caruso, MJ & Kamens, HM 2019, 'Corrigendum to “Early-adolescent male C57BL/6J and DBA/2J mice display reduced sensitivity to acute nicotine administration” (Neuroscience Letters (2019) 690 (151–157), (S0304394018306906), (10.1016/j.neulet.2018.10.014))', Neuroscience letters. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neulet.2019.134307
Miller, CN, Caruso, MJ & Kamens, HM 2019, 'Early-adolescent male C57BL/6J and DBA/2J mice display reduced sensitivity to acute nicotine administration' Neuroscience letters, vol. 690, pp. 151-157. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neulet.2018.10.014
Miller, CN, Ruggery, C & Kamens, HM 2019, 'The α3β4 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor antagonist 18-Methoxycoronaridine decreases binge-like ethanol consumption in adult C57BL/6J mice' Alcohol, vol. 79, pp. 1-6. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.alcohol.2018.11.006

2018

Caruso, MJ, Crowley, N, Reiss, DE, Caulfield, JI, Luscher, B, Cavigelli, SA & Kamens, HM 2018, 'Adolescent Social Stress Increases Anxiety-like Behavior and Alters Synaptic Transmission, Without Influencing Nicotine Responses, in a Sex-Dependent Manner', Neuroscience, vol. 373, pp. 182-198. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroscience.2018.01.006
Caruso, MJ, Seemiller, LR, Fetherston, TB, Miller, CN, Reiss, DE, Cavigelli, SA & Kamens, HM 2018, 'Adolescent social stress increases anxiety-like behavior and ethanol consumption in adult male and female C57BL/6J mice', Scientific reports, vol. 8, no. 1, 10040. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-018-28381-2
Silva, CP, Horton, WJ, Caruso, MJ, Sebastian, A, Klein, L, Albert, I & Kamens, HM 2018, 'The influence of adolescent nicotine exposure on ethanol intake and brain gene expression', PloS one, vol. 13, no. 6, e0198935. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0198935

2017

Caruso, MJ, Reiss, DE, Caulfield, JI, Thomas, JL, Baker, AN, Cavigelli, SA & Kamens, HM 2018, 'Adolescent chronic variable social stress influences exploratory behavior and nicotine responses in male, but not female, BALB/cJ mice', Brain Research Bulletin, vol. 138, pp. 37-49. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.brainresbull.2017.08.001
Caruso, MJ, Kamens, HM & Cavigelli, SA 2017, 'Exposure to chronic variable social stress during adolescence alters affect-related behaviors and adrenocortical activity in adult male and female inbred mice', Developmental psychobiology, vol. 59, no. 6, pp. 679-687. https://doi.org/10.1002/dev.21541
Kamens, HM, Silva, C, McCarthy, R, Cox, RJ & Ehringer, MA 2017, 'No evidence of a role of the β4 subunit of the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor in alcohol-related behaviors', BMC Research Notes, vol. 10, no. 1, 151. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13104-017-2470-7
Kamens, HM, Silva, C, Peck, C & Miller, CN 2018, 'Varenicline modulates ethanol and saccharin consumption in adolescent male and female C57BL/6J mice', Brain Research Bulletin, vol. 138, pp. 20-25. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.brainresbull.2017.07.020

2016

Schwantes-An, TH, Zhang, J, Chen, LS, Hartz, SM, Culverhouse, RC, Chen, X, Coon, H, Frank, J, Kamens, HM, Konte, B, Kovanen, L, Latvala, A, Legrand, LN, Maher, BS, Melroy, WE, Nelson, EC, Reid, MW, Robinson, JD, Shen, PH, Yang, BZ, Andrews, JA, Aveyard, P, Beltcheva, O, Brown, SA, Cannon, DS, Cichon, S, Corley, RP, Dahmen, N, Degenhardt, L, Foroud, T, Gaebel, W, Giegling, I, Glatt, SJ, Grucza, RA, Hardin, J, Hartmann, AM, Heath, AC, Herms, S, Hodgkinson, CA, Hoffmann, P, Hops, H, Huizinga, D, Ising, M, Johnson, EO, Johnstone, E, Kaneva, RP, Kendler, KS, Kiefer, F, Kranzler, HR, Krauter, KS, Levran, O, Lucae, S, Lynskey, MT, Maier, W, Mann, K, Martin, NG, Mattheisen, M, Montgomery, GW, Müller-Myhsok, B, Murphy, MF, Neale, MC, Nikolov, MA, Nishita, D, Nöthen, MM, Nurnberger, J, Partonen, T, Pergadia, ML, Reynolds, M, Ridinger, M, Rose, RJ, Rouvinen-Lagerström, N, Scherbaum, N, Schmäl, C, Soyka, M, Stallings, MC, Steffens, M, Treutlein, J, Tsuang, M, Wall, TL, Wodarz, N, Yuferov, V, Zill, P, Bergen, AW, Chen, J, Cinciripini, PM, Edenberg, HJ, Ehringer, MA, Ferrell, RE, Gelernter, J, Goldman, D, Hewitt, JK, Hopfer, CJ, Iacono, WG, Kaprio, J, Kreek, MJ, Kremensky, IM, Madden, PAF, McGue, M, Munafò, MR, Philibert, RA, Rietschel, M, Roy, A, Rujescu, D, Saarikoski, ST, Swan, GE, Todorov, AA, Vanyukov, MM, Weiss, RB, Bierut, LJ & Saccone, NL 2016, 'Association of the OPRM1 Variant rs1799971 (A118G) with Non-Specific Liability to Substance Dependence in a Collaborative de novo Meta-Analysis of European-Ancestry Cohorts', Behavior Genetics, vol. 46, no. 2, pp. 151-169. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10519-015-9737-3
Kamens, HM, Corley, RP, Richmond, PA, Darlington, TM, Dowell, R, Hopfer, CJ, Stallings, MC, Hewitt, JK, Brown, SA & Ehringer, MA 2016, 'Evidence for Association Between Low Frequency Variants in CHRNA6/CHRNB3 and Antisocial Drug Dependence' Behavior Genetics, vol. 46, no. 5, pp. 693-704. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10519-016-9792-4
Locker, AR, Marks, MJ, Kamens, HM & Klein, L 2016, 'Exposure to nicotine increases nicotinic acetylcholine receptor density in the reward pathway and binge ethanol consumption in C57BL/6J adolescent female mice', Brain Research Bulletin, vol. 123, pp. 13-22. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.brainresbull.2015.09.009
Melroy-Greif, WE, Vadasz, C, Kamens, HM, McQueen, MB, Corley, RP, Stallings, MC, Hopfer, CJ, Krauter, KS, Brown, SA, Hewitt, JK & Ehringer, MA 2016, 'Test for association of common variants in GRM7 with alcohol consumption' Alcohol, vol. 55, pp. 43-50. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.alcohol.2015.10.005
Kamens, HM, Peck, C, Garrity, C, Gechlik, A, Jenkins, BC & Rajan, A 2017, 'α6β2 nicotinic acetylcholine receptors influence locomotor activity and ethanol consumption', Alcohol, vol. 61, pp. 43-49. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.alcohol.2017.02.178

2015

Kamens, HM, Miyamoto, J, Powers, MS, Ro, K, Soto, M, Cox, R, Stitzel, JA & Ehringer, MA 2015, 'The β3 subunit of the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor: Modulation of gene expression and nicotine consumption', Neuropharmacology, vol. 99, 5981, pp. 639-649. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuropharm.2015.08.035

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