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Department of Psychology

A/Prof Jennifer Cornish

Name: A/Prof Jennifer Cornish

Phone: 02-9850-1185

Room: C3A 412


Position: Associate Professor

Research Interests:

My current research interests are in the
field of neuroscience. My broad aim is to
determine the underlying neurobiology of
drug addiction and associated disorders
(psychosis, depression, anxiety) using
rodent models. I have focussed on the
brain circuitry responsible for drug use
and addiction and have also investigated
environmental influences on the rewarding
effects of drugs of abuse. My laboratory
(Neuropharmacology) is now incorporating
molecular neuroscience into the
behavioural and autonomic effects of drug
use to understand a greater spectrum of
disorders produced by drug misuse.


Baracz, S.J., Rourke P.I., Pardey M.C., Hunt G.E., McGregor I.S. and Cornish J.L. (2012). Oxytocin directly administered into the nucleus accumbens core or subthalamic nucleus attenuates met. Behavioral Brain Research, 228, 186-193.

Cornish J.L., Hunt G.E., Robins L. and McGregor I.S. (2012). Regional c-Fos and FosB/deltaFosB expression associated with chronic methamphetamine self-administra. Neuroscience, 206, 100-114.

Pardey, M.C., Kumar, N.N., Goodchild, A.K., Clemens, K.J., Homewood, J. and Cornish J.L. (2012). Long-term effects of chronic oral ritalin administration on cognitive and neural development in adol. Brain Sciences, 2, 375-404.

Francis H.M., Kraushaar N.J., Hunt L.R., and Cornish J.L. (2011). Serotonin 5-HT4 receptors in the nucleus accumbens are specifically involved in the appetite suppres. Psychopharmacology, 213, 355-363.

Hunt G.E., McGregor I.S., Cornish J.L and Callaghan, P.D. (2011). MDMA-induced c-fos expression in oxytocin-containing neurons is blocked by pretreatment with the 5HT. Brain Research Bulletin, 86, 65-73.

Carson D., Cornish J.L., Guastella A and McGregor I.S. (2010). Oxytocin decreases methamphetamine self-administration, methamphetamine hyperactivity and relapse to. Neuropharmacology, 58, 38-43.

Carson D., Hunt G.E, Guastella A.J., Barber L.L., Cornish J.L., Arnold, J.C., Boucher A.A. and McGregor I.S. (2010). Systemically administered oxytocin decreases methamphetamine activation of the subthalamic nucleus a. Addiction Biology, 15, 448-463.

Barron A.B., Sovik E., and Cornish J.L. (2010). The roles of dopamine and related compounds in reward seeking behaviour across animal phyla.. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 4, 163.

Pardey, M. C., Homewood, J., Taylor, A., Cornish, J. (2009). Re-evaluation of an animal model for ADHD using a free operant choice task. Journal of Neuroscience Methods, 176, 166-177.

Cornish JL, Clemens KJ, Thompson MR, Callaghan PD, Dawson B, McGregor IS (2008). High ambient temperature increases intravenous methamphetamine self-administration on fixed and prog. Journal of Psychopharmacology, 22, 100-110.

Clemens KJ, Cornish JL, Hunt GE, McGregor IS (2007). Repeated weekly exposure to MDMA, methamphetamine or their combination: long-term behavioural and ne. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 86, 183-190.

Clemens KJ, McGregor IS, Hunt GE, Cornish JL (2007). MDMA, methamphetamine and their combination: possible lessons for party drug users from recent precl. Drug and Alcohol Review, 26, 9-15.

Hargreaves GA, Hunt GE, Cornish JL, McGregor IS (2007). High ambient temperature increases 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine ('Ecstasy')-induced Fos express. Neuroscience, 145, 764-774.

Thompson MR, Callaghan PD, Cornish JL, Hunt GE, McGregor IS (2007). A role for oxytocin and 5TH1A receptors in the prosocial effects of 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamin. Neuroscience, 146, 509-514.

Raje S, Cornish JL, Newman AH, Cao J, Katz JL, Eddington ND (2006). Investigation of the potential pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic drug interaction between AHN 1-05. Biopharmaceutics & Drug Disposition, 27, 229-240.

Clemens KJ, Cornish JL, Hunt GE, McGregor IS (2006). Intravenous methamphetamine self-administration in rats: effects of intravenous or intraperitoneal M. Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behaviour, 85, 454-463.

McGregor IS, Clemens KJ, Cornish JL, Thompson MR, Li K, Hunt GE (2005). MDMA, methamphetamine and their combination: comparison of long-term behavioural and neural effects . Behavioural Pharmacology, 16, S11.

Clemens KJ, Cornish JL, Li KM, Hunt GE, McGregor IS (2005). Adverse long-term consequences of pre-exposure to MDMA ("Ecstasy") and methamphetamine combination i. Neuropharmacology, 49, 195-207.

Staples L, Cornish JL, Hunt GE, McGregor IS (2005). Neural activation during cat-odour induced conditioned fear in rats. Neuroscience and Biobehavioural Reviews, 29, 1265-1277.

Raje S, Cornish JL, Newman AH, Cao J, Katz JL, Eddington ND (2005). Pharmacodynamic assessment of the benztropine analogs, AHN-1005 and AHN-2005 using intracerebral mic. Pharmaceutical Research, 22, 603-612.

Cornish JL, Lontos JM, Clemens KJ, McGregor IS (2005). Cocaine and heroin ('speedball') self-adminstration: the involvement of nucleus accumbens dopamine a. Psychopharmacology, 180, 21-32.

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