Edward Daniel Levin
Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Education & Training
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin at Madison 1984
The three main research components of his laboratory are focused on the themes of the basic neurobiology of cognition and addiction, neurobehavioral toxicology and the development of novel therapeutic treatments for cognitive dysfunction and substance abuse. Currently, our principal research focus concerns nicotine. We have documented the basic effects of nicotine on learningm memory and attention as well as nicotine self-administration. We are continuing with more mechanistic studies in rat models using selective lesions, local infusions and neurotransmitter interaction studies. We have found that nicotine improves memory performance not only in normal rats, but also in rats with lesions of hippocampal and basal forebrain connections. We are concentrating on alpha7 and alpha4beta2 nicotinic receptor subtypes in the hippocampus, amygdala , thalamus and frontal cortex and how they interact with dopamine D1 and D2 and glutamate NMDA systems with regard to memory and addiction. I am also conducting studies on human cognitive behavior. We have current studies to assess nicotine effects on attention, memory and mental processing speed in schizophrenics, Alzheimer's Disease patients and people with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. In the area of neurobehavioral toxicology, I have continuing projects to characterize the adverse effects of prenatal and adolescent nicotine exposure. Our primary project in neurobehavioral toxicology focuses on the cognitive deficits caused by the marine toxins including domoic acid, ciguatera toxin and pfiesteria. We have documented a persistent neurobehavioral effects caused by Pfiesteria and domoic acid exposure. We are determining the neurobehavioral nature and mechanisms of this deficit. The basic and applied aims of our research complement each other nicely. The findings concerning neural mechanisms underlying cognitive function help direct the behavioral toxicology and therapeutic development studies, while the applied studies provide important functional information concerning the importance of the basic mechanisms under investigation.
Glazer, L, Wells, CN, Drastal, M, Odamah, K-A, Galat, RE, Behl, M, and Levin, ED. "Developmental exposure to low concentrations of two brominated flame retardants, BDE-47 and BDE-99, causes life-long behavioral alterations in zebrafish." Neurotoxicology (September 18, 2017). Full Text
Rezvani, AH, Slade, S, Wells, C, Yenugonda, VM, Liu, Y, Brown, ML, Xiao, Y, Kellar, KJ, and Levin, ED. "Differential efficacies of the nicotinic α4β2 desensitizing agents in reducing nicotine self-administration in female rats." Psychopharmacology (May 29, 2017). Full Text
Hall, BJ, Abreu-Villaça, Y, Cauley, M, Junaid, S, White, H, Kiany, A, and Levin, ED. "The ventral hippocampal muscarinic cholinergic system plays a key role in sexual dimorphisms of spatial working memory in rats." Neuropharmacology 117 (May 2017): 106-113. Full Text
Abreu-Villaça, Y, and Levin, ED. "Developmental neurotoxicity of succeeding generations of insecticides." Environment international 99 (February 2017): 55-77. (Review) Full Text
Petro, A, Sexton, HG, Miranda, C, Rastogi, A, Freedman, JH, and Levin, ED. "Persisting neurobehavioral effects of developmental copper exposure in wildtype and metallothionein 1 and 2 knockout mice." BMC pharmacology & toxicology 17.1 (November 2, 2016): 55-.
Slotkin, TA, Skavicus, S, Card, J, Levin, ED, and Seidler, FJ. "Diverse neurotoxicants target the differentiation of embryonic neural stem cells into neuronal and glial phenotypes." Toxicology 372 (November 2, 2016): 42-51. Full Text
Levin, ED, Hall, BJ, Chattopadhyay, A, Slade, S, Wells, C, Rezvani, AH, and Rose, JE. "Reduction of nicotine self-administration by chronic nicotine infusion with H1 histamine blockade in female rats." Psychopharmacology 233.15-16 (August 2016): 3009-3015. Full Text
Hall, BJ, Cauley, M, Burke, DA, Kiany, A, Slotkin, TA, and Levin, ED. "Cognitive and Behavioral Impairments Evoked by Low-Level Exposure to Tobacco Smoke Components: Comparison with Nicotine Alone." Toxicological sciences : an official journal of the Society of Toxicology 151.2 (June 2016): 236-244. Full Text
Levin, ED. "Crumbling Infrastructure and Learning Impairment: A Call for Responsibility." Environmental Health Perspectives 124.5 (May 2016): A79-. Full Text
Bao, X, Chandramohan, V, Reynolds, RP, Norton, JN, Wetsel, WC, Rodriguiz, RM, Aryal, DK, McLendon, RE, Levin, ED, Petry, NA, Zalutsky, MR, Burnett, BK, Kuan, C-T, Pastan, IH, and Bigner, DD. "Preclinical toxicity evaluation of a novel immunotoxin, D2C7-(scdsFv)-PE38KDEL, administered via intracerebral convection-enhanced delivery in rats." Investigational new drugs 34.2 (April 2016): 149-158. Full Text
Levin, ED, Rezvani, AH, Xiao, Y, Yenugonda, VM, Brown, ML, and Kellar, KJ. "Nicotinic treatments not only for tobacco, but also other addictions." October 2015. Full Text
Hall, BJ, Cauley, M, Kiany, A, Burke, DA, and Levin, ED. "Low dose tobacco smoke extract exposure during development causes long-term behavioral dysfunction in rats." May 2015. Full Text
Bailey, J, and Levin, E. "The neurobehavioral toxicity of FireMaster 550® in zebrafish ( Danio rerio ): Chronic developmental and acute adolescent exposures." May 2015. Full Text
Oliveri, A, and Levin, E. "Early-life exposure to organophosphate flame retardants alters behavior in adult zebrafish: A comparison with organophosphate pesticides." May 2015. Full Text
Levin, ED. "Age and sex differences in starting nicotine self-administration in early, mid or late adolescence vs. adulthood: Cause and effect relationships determined in a rat model." May 2015. Full Text
Zhang, C, Bailey, JM, Oliveri, AN, Frazier, J, Delarosa, A, Crosby, E, Janardhan, S, Mackinnon, S, Levin, ED, and Cole, GJ. "LONG-TERM BEHAVIORAL EFFECTS OF EMBRYONIC ETHANOL EXPOSURE IN ZEBRAFISH." June 2014.
Cauley, M, Burke, D, Hall, BJ, Seidler, FJ, Slotkin, TA, and Levin, ED. "Sex-selective interaction of prenatal nicotine with neonatal chlorpyrifos on novel object recognition in rats." May 2014. Full Text
Burke, D, and Levin, ED. "Nicotinic alpha 4 beta 2 antagonist treatment attenuates impairments in radial-arm maze repeated acquisition caused by dizocilpine in rats." October 15, 2013. Full Text
Rezvani, AH, Xiao, Y, Brown, ML, Paige, MA, Yenugonda, VM, Kellar, KJ, and Levin, ED. "DESENSITIZATION OF A4 beta 2 NICOTINIC RECEPTORS ATTENUATES ALCOHOL INTAKE AND PREFERENCE IN ALCOHOL PREFERRING P RATS." June 2013.
Yenugonda, VM, Xiao, Y, Levin, ED, Rezvani, AH, Tran, TT, Al-Muhtasib, N, Wells, C, Slade, S, Johnson, JE, Kong, H-S, Dakshanamurthy, S, Tomita, Y, Liu, Y, Paige, MA, Kellar, KJ, and Brown, ML. "Design, synthesis, and characterization of picomolar selective a4b2 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor inhibitors." August 19, 2012.
Pharmacological Sciences Training Program awarded by National Institutes of Health (Participating Faculty Member). 1975 to 2020
Alzheimer's Disease, Genes, and Pesticide Use in the Agricultural Health Study awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co Investigator). 2014 to 2019
Study of Novel Treatment to Prevent Acquisition of Opiate Self-Administration in Rats awarded by Amygdala Neurosciences Inc. (Co Investigator). 2017 to 2018
Duke University Program in Environmental Health awarded by National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (Mentor). 2013 to 2018
Advancing Mechanistic Understanding of Neurotoxic Contributors to Autism awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2017 to 2018
Acute and chronic nicotine modulation of reinforcement learning awarded by National Institutes of Health (Collaborator). 2013 to 2018
Establishing an AOP for the Role of the Vitamin D Receptor in Developmental Neurotoxicity awarded by North Carolina State University (Principal Investigator). 2013 to 2018
Pilot Project: Effects of Cannabis on the Epigenome of Humans and Rats awarded by John Templeton Foundation (Co-Project Leader). 2016 to 2017
Screening Potential Persisting Neurobehavioral Effects-Zebrafish Exposed to Flame Retardants awarded by National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (Principal Investigator). 2015 to 2017
Complementary Neurotoxicological Insights from Fish, Flies, Bees and Worms Symposium awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2015 to 2016