My research interests include the cellular and molecular changes that accompany drug use and addiction, specifically during adolescence, known to be a critical period of brain development in which permanent adult behavioral patterns and personality traits are developed. I am interested in the molecular and behavioral consequences of exposure different opioids during adolescence, and how exposure to different opioids may result in different degrees of risk for neuropsychological problems later in life. In addition, I am interested in the differential effects of opioids in adolescents when used for pain relief, and whether these differences in analgesia carry long-term differences in risk.
Eitan S., Emery M.A., Bates, M.L.S., & Horrax, C.T. (In press, 2017). Opioid addiction: Who are your real friends? Review article. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews.
Emery M.A., Bates, M.L.S., Wellman P.J., & Eitan S. (In press, 2017). Hydrocodone is more effective than either morphine or oxycodone in supressing the development of burn-induced mechanical allodynia. Pain Medicine. DOI: 10.1093/pm/pnx050
Emery M.A., Bates, M.L.S., Wellman P.J., & Eitan S. (In press, 2017). Hydrocodone, but neither morphine nor oxycodone, is effective in suppressing burn-induced mechanical allodynia in the uninjured foot contralateral to the burn. Journal of Burn Care and Research. 10.1097/BCR.0000000000000517
Emery M.A., Bates, M.L.S., Wellman P.J., & Eitan S. (2017). Burn-injury decreases the antinociceptive effects of opioids. Behavioural Pharmacology, 28(4): 285-293. DOI: 10.1097/FBP.0000000000000286
Bates, M.L.S., Emery, M.A., Wellman, P.J., & Eitan S. (2016). Social environment alters opioid‐induced hyperalgesia and antinociceptive tolerance in adolescent mice. European Journal of Pain, 20(6): 998-1009. DOI: 10.1002/ejp.825
Emery M.A., Bates M.L.S., Wellman P.J., & Eitan S. (2016). Differential effects of oxycodone, hydrocodone, and morphine on activation levels of signaling molecules. Pain Medicine, 17(5): 908-914. DOI: 10.1111/pme.12918
Emery M.A., Bates M.L.S., Wellman P.J., & Eitan S. (2015). Differential effects of oxycodone, hydrocodone, and morphine on the responses of D2/D3 dopamine receptors. Behavioural Brain Research. 284: 37–41. DOI: 10.1016/j.bbr.2015.01.023.
Bates, M.L.S., Emery, M.A., Wellman, P.J., & Eitan, S. (2014). Social housing conditions influence morphine dependence and the extinction of morphine place preference in adolescent mice. Drug and Alcohol Dependence 142: 283–289. DOI: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2014.06.036.
Barwatt J.W., Hofford R.S., Emery M.A., Bates M.L.S., Wellman P.J., & Eitan S. (2013). Differential effects of methadone and buprenorphine on the response of D2/D3 dopamine receptors in adolescent mice. Drug and Alcohol Dependence 132 (3): 420–426. DOI: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2013.07.016.
Vonder Haar C, Emery M.A., & Hoane M.R. (2012). Chronic folic acid administration confers no treatment effects in either a high or low dose following unilateral controlled cortical impact injury in the rat. Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience 30(4): 291–302. DOI: 10.3233/RNN-2012-110196.
Petrofes Chapa R.D., Emery M.A., Fawver J.N., & Murray I.V. (2012). Amyloids as Sensors and Protectors (ASAP) hypothesis. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease 29(3): 503–514. DOI: 10.3233/JAD-2012-112015.
Differential Effects of Various Opioids on Behavior, Signaling, and Gene Expression. TAMIN Seminar Series ‘Grad Duo’ Talk, Texas A&M University, Spring 2016.
Opioid Pain Medication in Adolescents: Use and Abuse of Different Drugs Result in Differential Outcomes. Behavioral and Cellular Neuroscience Program Brownbag talk, Texas A&M University Psychology Dept., Spring 2014.