Beth Levant, PhD

Ph.D., Duke University, 1990

Research Focus

Neuropharmacology, neuropsychiatric disorders

My laboratory investigates the role of polyunsaturated fatty acids in neuronal functional and neuropsychiatric disorders, and drugs and diseases affecting the CNS dopamine systems.  Major research interests are the role of brain polyunsaturated fatty acid composition in postpartum depression and the role of developmental docosahexaenoic acid deficiency in attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder, Parkinson's disease, and traumatic brain injury.  Additional interests include the D3 dopamine receptor as a therapeutic target for schizophrenia, drug addiction, and Parkinson's disease; and mechanisms underlying sensitization to psychostimulants.

Selected Publications

Levant B, Zarcone TJ, Davis PF, Ozias MK, Fowler SC (2011)   Differences in methylphenidate dose-response between peri-adolescent and adult rats in the familiar arena - novel alcove task.  J. Pharmacol. Exp. Ther.,  337:87-91.  PMID: 21205916.  PMCID:  PMC3063734

Russell KL, Kutchko KM, Fowler SC, Berman NEJ, Levant B (2011) Sensorimotor behavioral tests for use in a juvenile rat model of traumatic brain injury:  assessment of sex differences.  J. Neurosci. Meth.  199:214-222.   PMID:  21600923.  PMCID:  PMC3142868

Healy-Stoffel M, Ahmad SO, Stanford JA, Levant B (2012) A novel use of combined tyrosine hydroxylase and silver nucleolar staining to determine the effects of a unilateral intrastriatal 6-hydroxydopamine lesion in the substantia nigra: a stereological study.  J. Neurosci. Meth.  210:187-194.  PMID: 22850559.   PMCID:  PMC3443281

 Healy-Stoffel M, Ahmad SO, Stanford JA, Levant B (2013) Altered nucleolar morphology in substantia nigra following 6-hydroxydopamine lesion in rats.  Neurosci. Lett.    546:26-30.  PMID: 23643997.  PMCID: PMC3679339

Russell KL, Berman NEJ, Levant B (2013) Low brain DHA content worsens sensorimotor outcomes after TBI and decreases TBI-induced Timp-1 expression in juvenile rats.  Prostaglandins Leukot. Essent. Fatty Acids  89:97-015  PMID: 23796971. PMCID: PMC3753049

Russell KL, Berman NEB, Gregg PRA, Levant B (2014)  Fish oil improves motor function, limits blood-brain barrier disruption, and reduces MMP9 gene expression in a rat model of juvenile traumatic brain injury.  Prostaglandins Leukot. Essent. Fatty Acids  90:5-11.  PMID: 24342130.  PMCID: PMC3906920

Healy-Stoffel M, Ahmad SO, Stanford JA, Levant B (2014) Differential effects of intrastriatal 6-hydroxydopamine on cell number and morphology in midbrain dopaminergic subregions of the rat.  Brain Res. 1574:113-119.  PMID: 2494804.  PMCID: PMC4115364


Last modified: Aug 31, 2015

Beth Levant, Ph.D.


Beth Levant, PhD

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3901 Rainbow Blvd.
Kansas City, Kansas 66160

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