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About Chris Breivogel

Dr. Chris Breivogel’s interests are around G-protein coupled receptor signaling, specifically brain cannabinoid CB1 receptors. Cannabinoid receptors are proteins found throughout the body, but at especially high levels in the brain of many, if not all, animals. This protein is the target of tetrahydrocannabinol, so it mediates the psychoactive effects of cannabis sativa, the plant also known as marijuana. Understanding how these receptor proteins work will help to understand an important system in the brain, and also help to understand the effects of using marijuana or other drugs that act on the cannabinoid receptor.

Most recently, he has been studying the effects of synthetic cannabinoids that have recently been found in “fake marijuana” that is being sold and used by the public. There is a lot of data on the effects of THC in humans from thousands of years of marijuana use, and decades of scientific research that began as early as the 19th century. The effects of the synthetic cannabinoids in humans are almost completely unknown, since people began abusing them only in the last few years. He is working on a rodent model to study the acute and chronic effects of THC compared to some of the more commonly-used synthetics.

Positions

Present Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Campbell University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
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Grants

2017 Investigating synthetic cannabinoid agonist-induced cardiotoxicity: JWH-073 compared to THC and vehicle using male mice and H9C2 cardiac myocytes
Campbell University Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Medical Student Summer Scholars Program Grant
Role: Co-Investigator with Dr. Bonnie Brenseke as PI
2016 Investigation of the effects of synthetic cannabinoids in rats using MRI
Wake Forest University School of Medicine Institutional Pilot Grant
Role: With Drs. West and Whitlow
2013 Equipment grant
NCBC
Role: Major contributor for Dr. Sarah Liu as PI
2010 Graduate Research Association of Students in Pharmacy (GRASP) meeting
American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) Student/Postdoc Outreach & Development Grant
2005 Travel award grant
ICRS
2004 Equipment grant
NCBC
Role: Major contributor for Dr. Brad Chazotte as PI
2004 Travel award grant
ICRS
2002 Travel award grant
ICRS
2001 Travel award grant
ICRS
2000 Post-doctoral fellowship
NIH NRSA
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2015 - Present Executive Student Conduct Committee, Campbell University
2015 - Present Course Development Team for Integrated Pharmacotherapy, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Campbell University
2015 - Present PharmD Curriculum Committee, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Campbell University
2014 - Present PharmD Curriculum Review Sub-Committee, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Campbell University
2010 - Present Doctor of Pharmacy Program Admissions Committee, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Campbell University
2009 - Present MSPS Admissions Committee Chair, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Campbell University
2004 - Present Undergraduate (Pre-pharmacy) and Graduate Advisor, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Campbell University
2004 - Present MSPS Academic Performance and Standards Committee, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Campbell University
2002 - Present MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences Admissions Committee, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Campbell University
2017 Interim Department Chair, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Campbell University
2016 Pharmacology Faculty Search Committee Chair, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Campbell University
2016 Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences Search Committee Chair, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Campbell University
2016 Anatomy & Physiology Faculty Search Committee, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Campbell University
2014 - 2015 International Student Committee, Campbell University
2014 - 2015 PharmD Re-accreditation Self-study Team Leader, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Campbell University
2014 - 2015 Microbiology/Immunology Faculty Search Committee Chair, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Campbell University
2014 - 2015 College of Pharmacy Re-accreditation Committee, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Campbell University
2014 Departmental Strategic Plan Committee, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Campbell University
2003 - 2013 Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Campbell University
2007 - 2012 Campbell University Student Chapter of AAPS Advisor, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Campbell University
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Honors and Awards

  • Recipient of National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Travel Awards to attend ICRS Meeting, 2001-2004
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) post-doctoral trainee, 1999-2000
  • International Cannabinoid Research Society (ICRS) presentation award, 1999
  • Second place, Mary A. Bell research poster competition, 1997 & 1998
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) pre-doctoral trainee, 1995-1998
  • Honorable Mention, NSF Graduate Fellowship competition, 1995
  • Phi Beta Kappa, BS degree awarded with Distinction and Honors, 1992

Courses

  • Pharmaceutical Sciences Foundations
  • Intro to Pharmacology (course director)
  • Pharmacology: Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs, NSAIDs
  • Cell biology and Pharmacology
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Fundamentals of Cellular Pharmacology
  • MS Seminar II
  • MS Seminar I
  • Special Elective-Drug Abuse
  • Graduate Principles of Pharmacology and Medicinal Chemistry
  • Research Proposal and Research Project
  • Advanced Pharmacology and Toxicology
  • Advanced Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology
  • Advanced Research in Pharmaceutical Sciences

Education

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1998 Pharm.D., Wake Forest University ‐ Pharmacology
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1992 B.S., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ‐ Chemistry
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Publications (31)