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Sarah Eisenstein, PhD

Current Position
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

University Roles
Biomedical research

Education and Training
B.S. in Neuroscience and Psychology at Tulane University, 2000
M.A. in Psychology at Southeastern Louisiana University, 2004
PhD in Neuroscience at University of Georgia, 2008

Major Awards
-Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Foundation Scholarship, 2006
-Brain & Behavior Research Foundation (NARSAD) Young Investigator Award, 2012

Areas of Research Interests
-Research on D2 dopamine receptor and reward-related behavior using PET neuroimaging in obesity and schizophrenia.
-Research on effects of location of deep brain stimulation of the subthalamic nucleus on mood in Parkinson disease
-Pharmacological/neurobiological bases for comorbidity of substance abuse and mental health disorders

Key Publications
Eisenstein SA, WB Dewispelaere, MC Campbell, HM Lugar, JS Perlmutter, KJ Black, T Hershey (in press). Acute changes in mood induced by subthalamic deep brain stimulation in Parkinson disease are modulated by psychiatric diagnosis. Brain Stimul.

Eisenstein SA, Koller JM, Black KD, Campbell MC, Lugar HM, Ushe M, Tabbal SD, Karimi M, Hershey T, Perlmutter JS, Black KJ (2014 Jun 21). Functional anatomy of subthalamic nucleus stimulation in Parkinson disease. Ann Neurol.   Full Article ->

Eisenstein SA, Antenor-Dorsey JA, Gredysa DM, Koller JM, Bihun EC, Ranck SA, Arbeláez AM, Klein S, Perlmutter JS, Moerlein SM, Black KJ, Hershey T (2013 Nov). A comparison of D2 receptor specific binding in obese and normal-weight individuals using PET with (N-[(11)C]methyl)benperidol. Synapse. 67(11): 748-56.  Full Article ->

Eisenstein SA, Koller JM, Piccirillo M, Kim A, Antenor-Dorsey JA, Videen TO, Snyder AZ, Karimi M, Moerlein SM, Black KJ, Perlmutter JS, Hershey T (2012 Sep). Characterization of extrastriatal D2 in vivo specific binding of [¹8F](N-methyl)benperidol using PET. Synapse. 66(9): 770-80.  Full Article ->

Eisenstein SA, Clapper JR, Holmes PV, Piomelli D, Hohmann AG (2010 May). A role for 2-arachidonoylglycerol and endocannabinoid signaling in the locomotor response to novelty induced by olfactory bulbectomy. Pharmacol Res. 61(5): 419-29.  Full Article ->

Eisenstein SA, Holmes PV, Hohmann AG (2009 Nov). Endocannabinoid modulation of amphetamine sensitization is disrupted in a rodent model of lesion-induced dopamine dysregulation. Synapse. 63(11): 941-50.  Full Article ->