A.PriceAmanda Price
Year in Program: GY4
Undergrad University: Louisiana State University
Mentor: Kathryn Cunningham, PhD
Graduate Program: Neuroscience

Amanda Price

  • Identifying therapeutic opportunities in the treatment of addictive disorders through strategies including neuronal modulation, behavior-guided therapy, drug repurposing, and combined therapeutic approaches.
  • NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA), Individual Predoctoral M.D./Ph.D. Fellows NIDA F30 DA042617 “Interrogation of Insular Excitatory/Inhibitory Balance in Cocaine-Associated Cue Reactivity” (2016-Present)
  • Drs. Giovanni and Maria Grazia Micci Award for Mentoring Excellence (2017)
  • Francis Adouy Lynch Addiction Research Fund Travel Award - University of Texas Medical Branch (2017)
  • 1st Place Podium Session Presentation – University of Texas Medical Branch Neuroscience & Cell Biology Retreat (2016)
  • Herin Addiction Pioneer Travel Award – University of Texas Medical Branch (2016)
  • Ann & John Hamilton Endowed Scholarship – University of Texas Medical Branch (2015, 2016)
  • NIDA T32 DA07287 Mentee “Neural and Pharmacological Mechanisms of Abused Drugs” (2014-2016)
  • Blocker Scholar Fellowship in Biomedical Research - University of Texas Medical Branch (2014)
  • Savage Award – University of Texas Medical Branch (2012)
  • University Medalist – Louisiana State University (2012)
  • Summa Cum Laude – Louisiana State University (2012)
  • Distinguished Communicator Award – Louisiana State University (2012)
  • Brandon J. Latiolais Memorial Scholarship – Louisiana State University (2011)
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute Summer Research Program (2011)
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute Summer Research Program (2010)
  • Tiger Athletic Foundation Scholarship – Louisiana State University (2010)
  • Chancellor’s Future Leaders in Research – Louisiana State University (2008-2012)
  • Alumni Association Top 100 Scholarship – Louisiana State University (2008)
    • Ma, L., Steinberg, J.L., Cunningham, K.A., Lane, S.D., Bjork, J.M., Neelakantan, H., Price, A.E., Narayana, P.A., Kosten, T.R., Bechara, A., and Moeller, F.G. (2015). Inhibitory behavioral control: A stochastic dynamic causal modeling study comparing cocaine dependent subjects and controls. NeuroImage Clinical 7: 837-847. PMID: 26082893.
    • Broussard, T.C., Kobe, M.J., Pakhomova, S., Neau, D.B., Price, A.E., Champion, T.S., and Waldrop, G.W. (2013). The three-dimensional structure of the biotin carboxylase-biotin carboxyl carrier protein complex of E. coli acetyl-CoA carboxylase. Structure 21 (4): 650-657. PMID: 23499019.
    • Broussard, T.C., Price, A.E., Laborde, S.M., and Waldrop, G.L. (2013) Complex formation and regulation of Escherichia coli acetyl-CoA carboxylase. Biochemistry 52 (19): 3346-3357. PMID: 23594205.

    Abstracts and Poster Presentations:

    • Price, A.E., Stutz, S.J., Anastasio, N.C., and Cunningham, K.A. DREADD-induced activation of the insular cortex suppresses high fat food intake in a binge eating disorder paradigm. College on Problems of Drug Dependence 79th Annual Meeting, Montreal, Canada, 2017.
    • Sholler, D.J., Anastasio, N.C., Fox, R.G., Holliday, E.D., Price, A.E., and Cunningham, K.A. A new model of cortical 5-HT2A receptor (5-HT2AR) dysfunction in rats. College on Problems of Drug Dependence 79th Annual Meeting, Montreal, Canada, 2017.
    • Price, A.E., Stutz, S.J., Anastasio, N.C., and Cunningham, K.A. High fat food intake and seeking is suppressed by DREADD-induced activation of the insular cortex. National Student Research Forum, Galveston, TX, 2017.
    • Price, A.E., Stutz, S.J., Anastasio, N.C., and Cunningham, K.A. DREADD-mediated activation of the insular cortex suppresses high fat diet intake and associated cue reactivity. University of Texas Medical Branch Neuroscience and Cell Biology Departmental Retreat, Galveston, TX, 2016.
    • Price, A.E., Stutz, S.J., Anastasio, N.C., and Cunningham, K.A. DREADD-induced activation of the insular cortex decreases cue reactivity associated with high fat food self-administration. Texas FreshAIR Neuroscience, Austin, TX, 2016.
    • Price, A.E., Stutz, S.J., Neelakantan, H., Anastasio, N.C., and Cunningham, K.A. DREADD-induced activation of agranular insular cortex (AIC) decreases cue reactivity associated with self-administration of high fat pellets. College on Problems of Drug Dependence 78th Annual Meeting, Palm Springs, CA, 2016.
    • Moeller, F., Ma, L., Steinberg, J.L., Bjork, J.M., Lane, S.D., Narayana, P.A., Kosten, T., Bechara, A., Schmitz, J., Price, A.E., and Cunningham, K.A. Effective connectivity of attentional bias in cocaine dependence. College on Problems of Drug Dependence 78th Annual Meeting, Palm Springs, CA, 2016.
    • Swinford-Jackson, S.E., Anastasio, N.C., Price, A.E., Soto, C.A., Hartley, R.M., Watson, C.S., and Cunningham, K.A. Dynamic regulation of serotonin (5-HT) 5-HT2C receptor (5-HT2CR) expression following acute cocaine administration. Society for Neuroscience, Chicago, IL, 2015.
    • Anastasio, N.C., Stutz, S.J., Price, A.E., Sholler, D.J., Ferguson, S.M., Neumaier, J.F., and Cunningham, K.A. Activation of the corticoaccumbens circuit attenuates inherent impulsivity and binge intake of high fat food. International Society for Research on Impulsivity, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2015.
    • Price, A.E., Neelakantan, H., Ma, L., Steinberg, J.L., Lane, S.D., Bjork, J.M., Narayana, P.A., Kosten, T.R., Bechara, A., Anastasio, N.C., Moeller, F.G., and Cunningham, K.A. Dynamic causal modeling (DCM) in humans offers a novel approach to delineate prefrontal-striatal serotonergic drivers of impulsivity in rats. College on Problems of Drug Dependence 77th Annual Meeting, Phoenix, AZ, 2015.
    • Price, A.E., Stutz, S.J., Ferguson, S.M., Neumaier, J.F., Anastasio, N.C., and Cunningham, K.A. Role of the insular-prefrontal cortical pathway in the manifestation of cocaine-mediated behaviors. University of Texas Medical Branch Clinical & Translational Research Forum, Galveston, TX, 2015.
    • Price, A.E., Payne, M.E., Laborde, S.M., Broussard, T.B., and Waldrop, G.W. Insight into complex formation and regulation of acetyl-CoA carboxylase. Louisiana State University Summer Undergraduate Research Forum, Baton Rouge, LA, 2011.
    • Price, A.E., Broussard, T.B., and Waldrop, G.W. Biotin carboxylase heterodimer provides insight into half-sites reactivity. Louisiana State University Summer Undergraduate Research Forum, Baton Rouge, LA, 2010.

    Seminars:

    • Insular cortex activation oppositionally regulates cocaine- and high fat food-associated cue reactivity. University of Texas Medical Branch. Neuroscience Graduate Program Student Symposium. June 6, 2016.
    • Interrogation of insular cortex excitatory/inhibitory balance in cocaine-associated cue reactivity. University of Texas Medical Branch. Dissertation Proposal Defense Seminar. February 10, 2016.
    • Cocaine Use Disorder and impulsivity: A translational approach to delineating neural mechanisms. University of Texas Medical Branch. Neuroscience Graduate Program Yearly Update. July 20, 2015.