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David Moorman, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

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BS, Biological Sciences, 2004, University of Strasbourg, France
MS, Neurosciences, 2006, University of Strasbourg, France
Ph.D., Neurosciences, 2010, University of Strasbourg, France
Postdoc, Neurosciences, 2010 - present, Medical University of South Carolina, SC



1. Kravitz A.V., Moorman D.E., Simpson A., Peoples, L.L. Session-long modulations of accumbal firing during sucrose-reinforced operant behavior. Synapse. 2006. 60: 420-428.

2. Moorman D.E., Olson C.R. Impact of experience on the representation of object-centered space in the macaque supplementary eye field. J. Neurophysiol. 2007 Mar; 97(3): 2159-73.

3. Moorman, D.E. Olson, C.R. Combination of neuronal signals representing object-centered location and saccade direction in macaque supplementary eye field. J. Neurophysiol. 2007 May;97(5): 3554-66.

4. Beheseta S., Kass R.E., Moorman D.E., Olson C.R. Testing equality of several functions: Analysis of single-unit firing-rate curves across multiple experimental conditions. Stat. Med. 2007 Sep 20;26(21): 3958-75.

5. Aston-Jones G., Smith R.J., Moorman D.E., Richardson K. Role of lateral hypothalamic orexin neurons in reward processing and addiction. Neuropharmacology. 2009;56 Suppl 1:112-21. PMC2635332

6. Moorman D.E., Aston-Jones G. Optical control of reward. Nature. 2009 Apr 23;458(7241):980-1. PMC Journal - In Process

7. Moorman D.E., Aston-Jones G. Orexin-1 receptor antagonism decreases ethanol consumption and preference selectively in high-ethanol-preferring Sprague Dawley rats. Alcohol. 2009. Aug;43(5):379-86. PMC2741398

8. Guillem K., Kravitz A.V., Moorman D.E., Peoples L.L. Orbitofrontal and insular cortex: neural responses to cocaine-associated cues and cocaine self-administration. Synapse 2010. 64: 1-13 (2010). PMC Journal - In Process

9. Aston-Jones G., Smith R.J., Sartor G.C., Moorman D.E., Massi L. Tahsili-Fahadan P., Richardson K.A. Lateral hypothalamic orexin/hypocretin neurons: A role in reward-seeking and addiction. Brain. Res. 2010. Feb 16; 1341: 74-90. PMC2819557

10. Cason A.M., Smith R.J., Tahsili-Fahadan P, Moorman, D.E., Aston-Jones G. Role of orexin/hypocretin in reward-seeking and addiction: implications for obesity. Physiol Behav.; 100: 419-28. PMC2886173

11. Moorman D.E., Aston-Jones G. Orexin/hypocretin modulates response of ventral tegmental dopamine neurons to prefrontal activation: diurnal influences. J. Neurosci. 2011.

12. Behseta S., Moorman D.E., Kottas A., and Olson C.R. A Bayesian approach for comparison of firing intensities across multiple conditions with application to supplementary eye field data. J. Neurosci. Methods. (In press).

Recent Relevant Abstracts (out of 32):

1. Moorman D.E., Kravitz A.V., Peoples L.L. (2006) Activation of single neurons in the orbitofrontal cortex during cocaine self-administration. College on Problems of Drug Dependence.

2. Moorman D.E., Kravitz A.V., Peoples L.L. Phasic activation of rat orbitofrontal neurons during cocaine and sucrose self-administration. Program No. 69.3. 2006 Neuroscience Meeting Planner. Atlanta, GA: Society for Neuroscience, 2006. Online.

3. Moorman D.E., Riedy M.D., Cope Z.A., Smith T.D., Harden S.M., Aston-Jones G. Response inhibition, locus coeruleus and frontal cortex. Program No 102.15. 2009 Neuroscience Meeting Planner. Chicago, IL: Society for Neuroscience, 2009. Online

4. Vazey E.M., Moorman D.E., and Aston-Jones G. Cell-type specific optogenetic activation of the locus coeruleus modulates electroencephalographic activity in the hippocampus and forebrain. Program No 201.21. 2010 Neuroscience Meeting Planner. San Diego, CA: Society for Neuroscience, 2010. Online

5. Moorman D.E., Den Hartog C. and Aston-Jones G. Single-neuron activity in rat medial prefrontal cortex during cocaine self-administration, extinction, and reinstatement. Program No 575.19. 2010 Neuroscience Meeting Planner. San Diego, CA: Society for Neuroscience, 2010. Online

6. Moorman D.E., Weidenthaler C.A, Roberts-Wolfe, D.J., and Aston-Jones G. Event related infralimbic prefrontal neuronal activity during natural reward-seeking is absent following extinction - comparison with activity during drug-seeking. NIDA Society for Neuroscience Mini-Convention. 2011

7. Moorman D.E. and Aston-Jones G. Event related infralimbic prefrontal neuronal activity during natural reward-seeking is absent following extinction. Program No 942.12. 2011 Neuroscience Meeting Planner. Washington, DC: Society for Neuroscience, 2011. Online

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