Dr. Zachary R. Patterson received his PhD in Neuroscience at Carleton University in 2014. He worked at the Canadian Centre for Substance Use and Addiction as a Research and Policy Analyst and Knowledge Broker until 2018, where he returned to Carleton University to work as an instructor in the Department of Neuroscience. In addition, Dr. Patterson is a founding member and CFO of the Chance Foundation, an organization aimed at improving the lives of children through education, recreation, and support. He's a big-time Toronto sports fan!
Eligible to supervise NEUR 4907 students and co-supervise NEUR 4908 students.
Currently taking volunteers.
My academic interests are related to the effects of drugs – particularly novel psychoactive substances and other illicit substances – on the brain, and how these drugs influence human behaviour. I am very much interested in the epidemiological study of novel psychoactive substances, such as where these chemicals are coming from, how they are getting into our country, where and how they are being used and by whom, and what approaches we can take to minimize harms associated with these drugs. It is important that we understand the mechanism through which these drugs impact the central nervous system in order to effectively design interventions (be it programs, policies, practice, etc.) to improve the health and safety of Canadians.
Patterson ZR, Young MM & Vaccarino FJ. (2016) “Novel Psychoactive Substances: What Educators Need to Know”. Journal of Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics.
Patterson ZR*, Wellman MK*, Mackay H, Darling Joseph, Mani BK, Zigman J, Hougland HL & Abizaid A. (2015) “Novel Regulator of Acylated Ghrelin, CF801, Reduces Weight Gain, Rebound Feeding After a Fast, and Adiposity in Mice” Frontiers in Endocrinology. *Both authors contributed equally to this work.
Patterson ZR & Abizaid A. (2013) “Stress Induced Obesity: Lessons From Rodent Models of Stress” Frontiers in Neuroendocrine Science. 10.3389/fnins.2013.00130.
Patterson ZR & Holahan MR. (2012) “Understanding the Neuroinammatory Response Following Concussion to Develop Treatment Strategies.” Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience 6(58) doi:10.3389/fncel.2012.0058.
Patterson ZR, Khazall R, MacKay H, Anisman H & Abizaid A. (2012) “Central Ghrelin Signalling Mediates the Metabolic Response of C57BL6 Male Mice to Chronic Social Defeat Stress” Endocrinology; doi:10.1210/en.2012-1834.
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