Helen Kamens

Assistant Professor of Biobehavioral Health

Research Summary

Identification of genetic mechanisms that contribute to complex behaviors with a special emphasis on alcohol and tobacco use.

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Nicotinic Receptors Ethanol Nicotine Alcohols Genes Anxiety Alcohol 18 Methoxycoronaridine Meta Analysis Inbred C57bl Mouse Exploratory Behavior Locomotion Genetic Variation Inbred Dba Mouse Ancestry Synaptic Transmission Longitudinal Studies Saccharin Pharmaceutical Preparations Substance Related Disorders Animal Rodentia Single Nucleotide Polymorphism Nucleus Accumbens Alcohol Drinking

Most Recent Papers

The α3β4 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor antagonist 18-Methoxycoronaridine decreases binge-like ethanol consumption in adult C57BL/6J mice

Carley N. Miller, Colton Ruggery, Helen Marie Kamens, 2019, Alcohol on p. 1-6

Early-adolescent male C57BL/6J and DBA/2J mice display reduced sensitivity to acute nicotine administration

C. N. Miller, M. J. Caruso, Helen Marie Kamens, 2019, Neuroscience letters on p. 151-157

Reduced Expression of Ethanol Sensitization by a3ß4 Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptors in DBA/2J Mice

Carley N. Miller, Helen M. Kamens, 2019, Experimental and clinical psychopharmacology

Varenicline modulates ethanol and saccharin consumption in adolescent male and female C57BL/6J mice

Helen Marie Kamens, Constanza Silva, Colette Peck, Carley N. Miller, 2018, Brain Research Bulletin on p. 20-25

Adolescent chronic variable social stress influences exploratory behavior and nicotine responses in male, but not female, BALB/cJ mice

M. J. Caruso, D. E. Reiss, J. I. Caulfield, J. L. Thomas, A. N. Baker, S. A. Cavigelli, H. M. Kamens, 2018, Brain Research Bulletin on p. 37-49

Adolescent Social Stress Increases Anxiety-like Behavior and Alters Synaptic Transmission, Without Influencing Nicotine Responses, in a Sex-Dependent Manner

Michael J. Caruso, Nicole Crowley, Dana E. Reiss, Jasmine I. Caulfield, Bernhard Luscher, Sonia Angele Cavigelli, Helen Marie Kamens, 2018, Neuroscience on p. 182-198

Exposure to chronic variable social stress during adolescence alters affect-related behaviors and adrenocortical activity in adult male and female inbred mice

Michael J. Caruso, Helen M. Kamens, Sonia A. Cavigelli, 2017, Developmental psychobiology on p. 679-687

α6β2 nicotinic acetylcholine receptors influence locomotor activity and ethanol consumption

Helen M. Kamens, Colette Peck, Caitlin Garrity, Alex Gechlik, Brenita C. Jenkins, Akshat Rajan, 2017, Alcohol on p. 43-49

No evidence of a role of the β4 subunit of the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor in alcohol-related behaviors

Helen M. Kamens, Constanza Silva, Riley McCarthy, Ryan J. Cox, Marissa A. Ehringer, 2017, BMC Research Notes

Test for association of common variants in GRM7 with alcohol consumption

Whitney E. Melroy-Greif, Csaba Vadasz, Helen M. Kamens, Matthew B. McQueen, Robin P. Corley, Michael C. Stallings, Christian J. Hopfer, Kenneth S. Krauter, Sandra A. Brown, John K. Hewitt, Marissa A. Ehringer, 2016, Alcohol on p. 43-50

Most-Cited Papers

Modulation of ethanol consumption by genetic and pharmacological manipulation of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors in mice

Helen M. Kamens, Jimena Andersen, Marina R. Picciotto, 2010, Psychopharmacology on p. 613-626

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

Tae Hwi Schwantes-An, Juan Zhang, Li Shiun Chen, Sarah M. Hartz, Robert C. Culverhouse, Xiangning Chen, Hilary Coon, Josef Frank, Helen M. Kamens, Bettina Konte, Leena Kovanen, Antti Latvala, Lisa N. Legrand, Brion S. Maher, Whitney E. Melroy, Elliot C. Nelson, Mark W. Reid, Jason D. Robinson, Pei Hong Shen, Bao Zhu Yang, Judy A. Andrews, Paul Aveyard, Olga Beltcheva, Sandra A. Brown, Dale S. Cannon, Sven Cichon, Robin P. Corley, Norbert Dahmen, Louisa Degenhardt, Tatiana Foroud, Wolfgang Gaebel, Ina Giegling, Stephen J. Glatt, Richard A. Grucza, Jill Hardin, Annette M. Hartmann, Andrew C. Heath, Stefan Herms, Colin A. Hodgkinson, Per Hoffmann, Hyman Hops, David Huizinga, Marcus Ising, Eric O. Johnson, Elaine Johnstone, Radka P. Kaneva, Kenneth S. Kendler, Falk Kiefer, Henry R. Kranzler, Ken S. Krauter, Orna Levran, Susanne Lucae, Michael T. Lynskey, Wolfgang Maier, Karl Mann, Nicholas G. Martin, Manuel Mattheisen, Grant W. Montgomery, Bertram Müller-Myhsok, Michael F. Murphy, Michael C. Neale, Momchil A. Nikolov, Denise Nishita, Markus M. Nöthen, John Nurnberger, Timo Partonen, Michele L. Pergadia, Maureen Reynolds, Monika Ridinger, Richard J. Rose, Noora Rouvinen-Lagerström, Norbert Scherbaum, Christine Schmäl, Michael Soyka, Michael C. Stallings, Michael Steffens, Jens Treutlein, Ming Tsuang, Tamara L. Wall, Norbert Wodarz, Vadim Yuferov, Peter Zill, Andrew W. Bergen, Jingchun Chen, Paul M. Cinciripini, Howard J. Edenberg, Marissa A. Ehringer, Robert E. Ferrell, Joel Gelernter, David Goldman, John K. Hewitt, Christian J. Hopfer, William G. Iacono, Jaakko Kaprio, Mary Jeanne Kreek, Ivo M. Kremensky, Pamela A.F. Madden, Matt McGue, Marcus R. Munafò, Robert A. Philibert, Marcella Rietschel, Alec Roy, Dan Rujescu, Sirkku T. Saarikoski, Gary E. Swan, Alexandre A. Todorov, Michael M. Vanyukov, Robert B. Weiss, Laura J. Bierut, Nancy L. Saccone, 2016, Behavior Genetics on p. 151-169

The α6 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor subunit influences ethanol-induced sedation

Helen M. Kamens, Nicole R. Hoft, Ryan J. Cox, Jill H. Miyamoto, Marissa A. Ehringer, 2012, Alcohol on p. 463-471

Examination of genetic variation in GABRA2 with conduct disorder and alcohol abuse and dependence in a longitudinal study

Whitney E. Melroy, Sarah H. Stephens, Joseph T. Sakai, Helen Marie Kamens, Matthew B. McQueen, Robin P. Corley, Michael C. Stallings, Christian J. Hopfer, Kenneth S. Krauter, Sandra A. Brown, John K. Hewitt, Marissa A. Ehringer, 2014, Behavior Genetics on p. 356-367

The β3 subunit of the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor

Helen M. Kamens, Jill Miyamoto, Matthew S. Powers, Kasey Ro, Marissa Soto, Ryan Cox, Jerry A. Stitzel, Marissa A. Ehringer, 2015, Neuropharmacology on p. 639-649

Exposure to nicotine increases nicotinic acetylcholine receptor density in the reward pathway and binge ethanol consumption in C57BL/6J adolescent female mice

Alicia R. Locker, Michael J. Marks, Helen M. Kamens, Laura Cousino Klein, 2016, Brain Research Bulletin on p. 13-22

Exposure to chronic variable social stress during adolescence alters affect-related behaviors and adrenocortical activity in adult male and female inbred mice

Michael J. Caruso, Helen M. Kamens, Sonia A. Cavigelli, 2017, Developmental psychobiology on p. 679-687

Adolescent Social Stress Increases Anxiety-like Behavior and Alters Synaptic Transmission, Without Influencing Nicotine Responses, in a Sex-Dependent Manner

Michael J. Caruso, Nicole Crowley, Dana E. Reiss, Jasmine I. Caulfield, Bernhard Luscher, Sonia Angele Cavigelli, Helen Marie Kamens, 2018, Neuroscience on p. 182-198

Adolescent chronic variable social stress influences exploratory behavior and nicotine responses in male, but not female, BALB/cJ mice

M. J. Caruso, D. E. Reiss, J. I. Caulfield, J. L. Thomas, A. N. Baker, S. A. Cavigelli, H. M. Kamens, 2018, Brain Research Bulletin on p. 37-49

No evidence of a role of the β4 subunit of the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor in alcohol-related behaviors

Helen M. Kamens, Constanza Silva, Riley McCarthy, Ryan J. Cox, Marissa A. Ehringer, 2017, BMC Research Notes