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Research interests

I am interested in understanding the mechanisms by which oxytocin and oxytocin-like compounds work in the brain to reduce the rewarding effects and abuse potential of licit and illicit drugs. 

I am also interested in how early life trauma can disrupt the oxytocin system and the impact this has on mental health and susceptibility for drug addiction.

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Projects 2016 2018

Research Output 2012 2018

  • 118 Citations
  • 7 h-Index
  • 8 Article
  • 1 Review article

Adolescent pre-treatment with oxytocin protects against adult methamphetamine-seeking behavior in female rats

Hicks, C., Cornish, J. L., Baracz, S. J., Suraev, A. & McGregor, I. S. 1 Mar 2016 In : Addiction Biology. 21, 2, p. 304-315 12 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Methamphetamine
Oxytocin
Reinforcement Schedule
Self Administration
Therapeutics
Oxytocin Receptors
Subthalamic Nucleus
Self Administration
Methamphetamine
Nucleus Accumbens

Oxytocin in the nucleus accumbens core reduces reinstatement of methamphetamine-seeking behaviour in rats

Baracz, S. J., Everett, N. A., McGregor, I. S. & Cornish, J. L. 1 Mar 2016 In : Addiction Biology. 21, 2, p. 316-325 10 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Methamphetamine
Nucleus Accumbens
Oxytocin
Oxytocin Receptors
Reward

Regional c-Fos expression induced by peripheral oxytocin administration is prevented by the vasopressin 1A receptor antagonist SR49059

Hicks, C., Ramos, L., Dampney, B., Baracz, S. J., McGregor, I. S. & Hunt, G. E. 1 Oct 2016 In : Brain Research Bulletin. 127, p. 208-218 11 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Oxytocin
Oxytocin Receptors
Antidiuretic Hormone Receptor Antagonists
Vasopressin Receptors
Supraoptic Nucleus

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