Richard Bodnar

Title Professor of Psychology, Dean of Research and Graduate Studies, QC  bodnar
Area Neuroanatomy and Behavioral Neuroscience
Ph.D. City University of New York, 1976
Office 139 Kiely
Office Phone 718-997-5190

Professional Activities:

Society Memberships:
Society for Neuroscience
Sigma Xi Scientific Honor Society
New York Neuropsychology Group
American Psychological Society
Eastern Psychological Association
American Association for the Advancement of Science
New York Academy of Sciences
American Pain Society
Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior

Editorial Advisory Boards:
Physiology and Behavior
Nutritional Neuroscience; Associate Editor
Brain Research

Research Summary:

Since its inception in 1979, our Behavioral Pharmacology Laboratory has been pursuing research examining the underlying pharmacology and neuroanatomical sites of action of two major neurobehavioral homeostatic systems: a) Neurobehavioral Mechanisms of Food Intake, and b) Neurobehavioral Mechanisms of Pain Inhibition. These studies involved different evolving themes over the years that can be summarized into the following major categories with peer-reviewed publications. In the study of Neurobehavioral Mechanisms of Food Intake, the following themes have been examined: i) Pharmacology and Neuroanatomy of Conditioned Flavor Preferences, ii) Genetic Variance in Ingestive Responses, iii) Molecular Opioid Manipulations and Ingestive Behavior, iv)Neuroanatomical Mapping Studies of Opioid-induced Feeding, and v) Opioid Receptor Subtypes and Ingestive Behavior. In the study of [Neurobehavioral Mechanisms of Pain Inhibition], the following themes have been examined: i) Sex Differences in Opioid-Induced Analgesia, ii) Neuroanatomical Mapping Studies of Opioid-Induced Analgesia, iii) Stress-induced Analgesia, and iv) Non-Opioid Analgesic Responses. Since 2002, I have written the Endogenous Opioids and Behavior Annual Reviews which covers all of the peer-reviewed articles in the field for the previous year as well as providing Other Invited Reviews and Book Chapters.

To accomplish all of this work, I have been fortunate to have had a great number of talented doctoral, masters and undergraduate students working with me.

Note: The Bodnar lab presented five posters at the 2012 Society for Neuroscience meeting in New Orleans with co-authors of five Neuropsychology PhD students, 2 Masters students, and 15 undergraduate students. Congratulations!

Recent Publications:

Dela Cruz, J, VS Bae, DP Icaza-Cukali, C Sampson, D Bamshad, A Samra, S Singh, N Khalifa , K Touzani, A Sclafani and RJ Bodnar. Critical role of NMDA but not opioid receptors in the acquisition of fat-conditioned flavor preferences in rats. Neurobiol Learn Mem 98: 341-347, 2012.

Bodnar, RJ. Endogenous opiates and behavior: 2011. Peptides 38: 463-522, 2012.

Dym, CT, T Kraft, V Bae, Y Yakubov, K Touzani, A Sclafani and RJ Bodnar. Double dissociation of D1 and opioid receptor antagonism effects on the acquisition of sucrose-conditioned flavor preferences in BALB/c and SWR mice. Pharmacol Biochem Behav 103: 26-32, 2012.

Malkusz DC, T Banakos, A Mohamed, T Vongwattanakit, G Malkusz, S Saeed, S Martinez, T Bohn, F Mahmud, C Liss, A Rozvi, K Touzani, A Sclafani and RJ Bodnar. Dopamine signaling in the medial prefrontal cortex and amygdala is required for the acquisition of fructose-conditioned flavor preferences in rats. Behav Brain Res 233: 500-507, 2012.

Dela Cruz, J, DP Icaza-Cukali, H Tayabali, V Galanopoulos, C Sampson, D Bamshad, K Touzani, A Sclafani and RJ Bodnar. Roles of dopamine D1 and D2 receptors in the acquisition and expression of fat-conditioned flavor preferences in rats. Neurobiol Learn Mem 97: 332-337, 2012.

Miner P, L Shimonova, A Khaimov, Y Borukhova, E Ilyayeva, R Ranaldi and RJ Bodnar. General, kappa, delta and mu opioid receptors mediate feeding elicited by the GABA-B agonist baclofen in the ventral tegmental area and nucleus accumbens shell in rats: reciprocal and regional interactions.Brain Res 1443: 34-51, 2012.

Pinhas A, M Aviel, M Koen, S Gurgov, V Acosta, M Israel, L Kakuriev, E Guskova, I Fuzailov, K Touzani, A Sclafani and RJ Bodnar. Strain differences in sucrose- and fructose-conditioned flavor preferences in mice. Physiol Behav 105: 451-459, 2012.