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Colin Davidson

Professor of Neuropharmacology

School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences

Colin Davidson undertook a PhD with Jon Stamford in London where he used fast cyclic voltammetry in brain slices to examine acute and long-term effects of SSRIs on 5-HT efflux and presynaptic control of transmitter release. Moving to The University of St Andrews to do a postdoc, Colin worked with Eric Bowman and Verity Brown on the brain reward system, especially the role of accumbens dopamine in food reward. Moving to Duke University in North Carolina, Colin undertook a postdoc with the late Everett Ellinwood in the Psychiatry Department, examining novel pharmacotherapeutics for cocaine and methamphetamine abuse. Here he made use of models of addiction such as locomotor sensitisation, conditioned place preference and drug self-administration. He was promoted to Assistant Professor in Psycmore...

Ph.D. Neuropharmacology, The London Hospital Medical college, Queen Mary’s & Westfield University, University of London, 1996. Pg.Dip. Neuroscience, The Royal (Dick) Veterinary College, University of Edinburgh, 1990 Pg.Cert. Healthcare and Biomedical Education, St George’s University of London, 2012 B.Sc. Biological Sciences (Hons Psychology), University of Edinburgh, 1989

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  1. De Luca, Maria Antonietta, Castelli, M. Paola, Loi, Barbara, Porcu, Alessandra, Martorelli, Mariella, Miliano, Cristina, Kellett, Kathryn, Davidson, Colin orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-8180-7943, Stair, Jacqueline L. et al (2016) Native CB1 receptor affinity, intrinsic activity and accumbens shell dopamine stimulant properties of third generation SPICE/K2 cannabinoids: BB-22, 5F-PB-22, 5F-AKB-48 and STS-135. Neuropharmacology, 105 . pp. 630-638. ISSN 0028-3908
  2. Barrese, Vincenzo, Taglialatela, Maurizio, Greenwood, Iain A and Davidson, Colin orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-8180-7943 (2015) Protective role of Kv7 channels in oxygen and glucose deprivation-induced damage in rat caudate brain slices. Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow & Metabolism, 35 (10). pp. 1593-1600. ISSN 0271-678X
  3. Guirguis, Amira, Corkery, John, Stair, Jacqueline, Kirton, Stewart, Zloh, Mire, Goodair, Christine, Schifano, Fabrizio and Davidson, Colin orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-8180-7943 (2015) Survey of knowledge of legal highs (novel psychoactive substances) amongst London pharmacists. Drugs and Alcohol Today, 15 (2). pp. 82-92. ISSN 1745-9265
  4. Sahai, Michelle, Davidson, Colin orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-8180-7943, Khelashvili, George, Barrese, Vincenzo, Dutta, Neelakshi, Weinstein, Harel and Opacka-Juffry, Jolanta (2016) Combined in vitro and in silico approaches to the assessment of stimulant properties of novel psychoactive substances – The case of the benzofuran 5-MAPB. Progress in Neuro psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry, 75 . pp. 1-9. ISSN 0278-5846
  5. Davidson, Colin orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-8180-7943 and Stamford, Jonothan (1995) EVIDENCE THAT 5-HYDROXYTRYPTAMINE RELEASE IN RAT DORSAL RAPHE NUCLEUS IS CONTROLLED BY 5-HT1A, 5-HT1B AND 5-HT1D AUTORECEPTORS. British Journal of Pharmacology, 114 (6). pp. 1107-1109. ISSN 0007-1188
  6. Davidson, Colin orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-8180-7943, Ho, Michael, Price, Gary, Jones, Brian and stamford, Jonathan (1997) (+)-WAY 100135, a partial agonist, at native and recombinant 5-HT(1B/1D) receptors. British Journal of Pharmacology, 121 (4). pp. 737-742. ISSN 0007-1188
  7. Davidson, Colin orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-8180-7943, Lee, Tong, Xiong, Zhiping and Everett, Ellinwood (2002) Ondansetron Given in the Acute Withdrawal from a Repeated Cocaine Sensitization Dosing Regimen Reverses the Expression of Sensitization and Inhibits Self-administration. Neuropsychopharmacology, 27 (4). pp. 542-553. ISSN 0893-133X
  8. Zhang, Xiuwu, Lee, Tong, Davidson, Colin orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-8180-7943, Lazarus, Cindy, Wetsel, William and Ellinwood, Everett (2006) Reversal of cocaine-induced behavioral sensitization and associated phosphorylation of the NR2B and GluR1 subunits of the NMDA and AMPA receptors. Neuropsychopharmacology, 32 . pp. 377-387. ISSN 0893-133X
  9. Davidson, Colin orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-8180-7943, Coomber, Ben, Gibson, Claire and Young, Andrew (2011) Effect of pre-ischaemic conditioning on hypoxic depolarization of DA efflux in the rat caudate brain slice measured in real-time with fast cyclic voltammetry. Neurochemistry International, 59 (5). pp. 714-721. ISSN 0197-0186
  10. Davidson, Colin orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-8180-7943, Chauhan, Nicky, Knight, Stephen, Gibson, Claire and Young, Andrew (2011) Modelling ischaemia in vitro: Effects of temperature and glucose concentration on dopamine release evoked by oxygen and glucose depletion in a mouse brain slice. Journal of Neuroscience Methods, 202 (2). pp. 165-172. ISSN 0165-0270