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Andrey Verendeev

av3528a@student.american.edu

Curriculum Vitae 

My research interests include the affective properties of drugs of abuse and individual differences in the rewarding and aversive effects of self-administered drugs. Recently, I examined the role of the rewarding and aversive effects of morphine and cocaine in drug self-administration in individual subjects, with the rewarding effects driving and the aversive effect limiting drug-taking behavior. I am also interested in how different manipulations (such as stress) impact these opposing motivational effects, which may change the pattern of drug self-administration. I am also interested in conditioned taste aversion as a phenomenon and the nature of the mechanism(s) underlying the negative aversive properties of drugs of abuse.

PUBLICATIONS

Verendeev A, Tunstall BJ, Kearns DN, Riley AL. Conditioned taste aversion predicts morphine self-administration: A role of drug aversion in drug taking in preparation.

Verendeev A & Riley AL. Conditioned Taste Aversion: History and Interpretation. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews under review.

Verendeev A, Rinker JA, Riley AL. Assessment of the effects of stress during adolescence on the rewarding and aversive effects of morphine in adulthood in preparation.

Verendeev A & Riley AL. Relationship between the rewarding and aversive effects of morphine and amphetamine in individual subjects. Learn Beh 2011; 39(4): 399-408. [PDF]

Freeman KB, Verendeev A, Riley AL. Noradrenergic antagonism enhances the conditioned aversive effects of cocaine. Pharmacol Biochem Beh 2008; 88: 523-532.

Busse GD, Verendeev A, Jones J, Riley AL. The effects of cocaine, alcohol and cocaine/alcohol combinations in the taste aversions design. Pharmacol Biochem Beh 2005; 82: 207-214.

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

Poster Presentations

Verendeev A, Rinker JA, Riley AL (2010, November). Assessment of the effects of stress during adolescence on the rewarding and aversive effects of morphine in adulthood. Society for Neuroscience, San Diego, CA.

Verendeev A, Rinker JA, Riley AL (2010, May). Assessment of the effects of stress during adolescence on the rewarding and aversive effects of morphine in adulthood. 4th Annual Conference for Student Research on Addictions, Infectious Disease, and Public Health at John Hopkins, Baltimore, MD.

Verendeev A, Freeman KB, Riley AL (2006, October). Assessment of a noradrenergic role in the mediation of cocaine-induced conditioned taste aversion. Society for Neuroscience, Atlanta, GA.

Busse GD, Verendeev A, Jones J, Riley AL (2005, June). Alcohol does not potentiate the aversiveness of cocaine within the conditioned taste aversion design. College on Problems of Drug Dependence, Orlando, FL.

Oral Presentations

Verendeev A, Riley AL (2011, November). Relationship between the rewarding and aversive effects of morphine and amphetamine in individual subjects. Society for Neuroscience, Washington, DC.

Verendeev A, Rinker JA, Riley AL (2010, March). Assessment of the effects of stress during adolescence on the rewarding and aversive effects of morphine in adulthood. 20th Annual Robyn Rafferty Mathias Student Research Conference at American University, Washington, DC.

Verendeev A, Riley, AL. (2009, June). Assessment of individual differences in the aversive and rewarding effects of morphine. College on Problems of Drug Dependence, Reno/Sparks, NV.