Sara Jane Ward , PhD


Assistant Professor, Neural Sciences
Assistant Professor, Center for Substance Abuse Research 

Educational Background

  • PhD, Neuroscience, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC, 2004
  • BA, Psychology, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, 1997

Research Interests

My research focuses on the behavioral pharmacological effects of the cannabinoid, serotonin, and opioid receptor systems on neuropathic pain and neuroprotection, learning and memory, and addiction.  This research makes use of rodent models of peripheral and central nerve injury, substance abuse, and cognition to explore the pharmacotherapeutic potential of cannabinoid, serotonergic, and opiodergic compounds alone and in combination on these behavioral endpoints.

Selected Publications

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Books, Book Chapters

Ward, SJ. In vivo models and assessment of pharmacotherapeutics.  In Chemotherapy Induced Neuropathic Pain.  Taylor and Francis/CRC Press 2012.

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