Department of Psychiatry



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Ginsburg, Brett C.

School of Medicine
(210) 567-0871

As a faculty member I have contributed to the field with a steady stream of peer-reviewed publications and presentations at international professional meetings, I have contributed to the Institution by obtaining research funding and engaging in collaborative research with members of several departments, and I have served the Institution by performing committee work, serving as a board member and reviewer for a professional society and international journal and providing training to students and postdoctoral fellows. My research program focuses on the behavioral biology of alcohol, cannabinoids, and opioids. This program has been consistently supported by extramural funding from several agencies, including the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense, and a private donor. Below I describe these aspects of my research program in greater detail. I then highlight my service contributions.
My research on alcohol has been supported by an R03 and an R01 from the National Institute of Alcohol and Alcoholism. This research focuses on preclinical models of alcohol abuse and how therapies to prevent relapse might be improved by reducing the attention gathered by these cues. A recent R21 application is pending that will establish a novel and innovative preclinical model of attentional bias, which has been associated with the likelihood of relapse in humans. In addition, a recent award by the Department of Defense will support extending this line of research to include oral opioid use, currently the fastest growing illicit drug problem in the United States.
My research on cannabinoids has been supported by an R03 from the National Institute on Drug Abuse and more recently by an award from the Department of Defense. This research is focused on the rising problem of synthetic cannabinoids, which are legally available and have led to a troubling number of emergency room admissions. This research has established me as a leading expert on the behavioral biology of synthetic cannabinoids, and has resulted in national press exposure for my expert opinion, as well as invitations to write book chapters, a review article and an expert commentary. A recently submitted R01 application is designed to integrate my two lines of research by examining how cannabis or tobacco might promote alcohol use.
In addition to these research and scholarly activities, I have provided service to the institution, the profession, and the community. I have served the institution by, among other things, directing the Addiction Seminar Series and serving as a voting member of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee. I have served the profession by performing ad-hoc peer reviews, serving as a board member for the Texas Research Society on Alcoholism, mentoring undergraduate students, and sitting on two dissertation committees. More recently I joined the steering committee for the annual Behavior, Biology and Chemistry meeting, which has attracted international attendees and has become a prominent scientific conference in the field of substance abuse that showcases The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio each year.

9/2013 - Present Associate Professor UTHSCSA, Psychiatry, San Antonio, TX
4/2013 - Present Adjunct Doctoral Faculty Texas State University, San Marcos, TX

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