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, a Canadian Registered Charity 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 NEUR 4908 students.
My academic interests are related to the effects of drugs – particularly cannabis, opioids and illicit drugs – on the brain, and how these drugs impact both human behaviour and society. My research is aimed at better understanding how specific patterns of drug use lead to various health and mental health outcomes, and I am passionate about mobilizing this knowledge to effect positive change. It is important that we understand the potential mechanisms and factors through which these drugs cause harm in order to effectively design interventions (be it programs, policies, practice, etc.) to improve the health and safety of Canadians.
Hutchinson ML, Lavigne E & Patterson ZR (2023). Opioid Use in the Era of COVID-19: A Multifaceted Study of the Opioid Epidemic in Canada. Frontiers in Pharmacology, Special Topics – Opioid in the Time of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Patterson ZR, Munevar-Pelton I, Olsen-Neill A & Hellemans K (2022). Compassion, Flexibility & Partnership in the Midst of a Global Pandemic. International Journal for Students as Partners.
Patterson ZR, Gabrys RL, Prowse R, Hellemans K, Abizaid AB & McQuaid RJ. (2021) The Influence of COVID-19 on Stress, Substance Use & Mental Health Amongst Postsecondary Students. Emerging Adulthood.
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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