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RAMIRO SALAS

TitleAssociate Professor
InstitutionBaylor College of Medicine
DepartmentDepartment of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
DivisionPsychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
AddressONE BAYLOR PLAZA
HOUSTON TX 77030
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    TitleAssociate Professor
    InstitutionBaylor College of Medicine
    DepartmentDepartment of Neuroscience
    DivisionNeuroscience


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    1. Ambrosi E, Arciniegas DB, Madan A, Curtis KN, Patriquin MA, Jorge RE, Spalletta G, Fowler JC, Frueh BC, Salas R. Insula and amygdala resting-state functional connectivity differentiate bipolar from unipolar depression. Acta Psychiatr Scand. 2017 Mar 28. PMID: 28369737.
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    2. Madan A, Fowler JC, Patriquin MA, Salas R, Baldwin PR, Velasquez KM, Viswanath H, Molfese DL, Sharp C, Allen JG, Hardesty S, Oldham JM, Frueh BC. A Novel Approach to Identifying a Neuroimaging Biomarker for Patients With Serious Mental Illness. J Neuropsychiatry Clin Neurosci. 2017 Feb 27; appineuropsych16090174. PMID: 28238273.
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    3. Gosnell SN, Velasquez KM, Molfese DL, Molfese PJ, Madan A, Fowler JC, Christopher Frueh B, Baldwin PR, Salas R. Prefrontal cortex, temporal cortex, and hippocampus volume are affected in suicidal psychiatric patients. Psychiatry Res. 2016 Oct 30; 256:50-56. PMID: 27685801.
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    4. Gu X, Lohrenz T, Salas R, Baldwin PR, Soltani A, Kirk U, Cinciripini PM, Montague PR. Belief about Nicotine Modulates Subjective Craving and Insula Activity in Deprived Smokers. Front Psychiatry. 2016; 7:126. PMID: 27468271; PMCID: PMC4942468.
    5. Baldwin PR, Velasquez K, Koenig HG, Salas R, Boelens PA. Neural correlates of healing prayers, depression and traumatic memories: A preliminary study. Complement Ther Med. 2016 Aug; 27:123-9. PMID: 27515886.
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    6. Baeza-Loya S, Velasquez KM, Molfese DL, Viswanath H, Curtis KN, Thompson-Lake DG, Baldwin PR, Ellmore TM, De La Garza R, Salas R. Anterior cingulum white matter is altered in tobacco smokers. Am J Addict. 2016 Apr; 25(3):210-4. PMID: 27001211.
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    7. Placzek AN, Molfese DL, Khatiwada S, Viana Di Prisco G, Huang W, Sidrauski C, Krnjevi? K, Amos CL, Ray R, Dani JA, Walter P, Salas R, Costa-Mattioli M. Translational control of nicotine-evoked synaptic potentiation in mice and neuronal responses in human smokers by eIF2?. Elife. 2016; 5. PMID: 26928076; PMCID: PMC4786418.
    8. Zhang XY, Fan FM, Chen DC, Tan YL, Tan SP, Hu K, Salas R, Kosten TR, Zunta-Soares G, Soares JC. Extensive white matter abnormalities and clinical symptoms in drug-naive patients with first-episode schizophrenia: a voxel-based diffusion tensor imaging study. J Clin Psychiatry. 2016 Feb; 77(2):205-11. PMID: 26761708.
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    9. Sharp C, Fowler JC, Salas R, Nielsen D, Allen J, Oldham J, Kosten T, Mathew S, Madan A, Frueh BC, Fonagy P. Operationalizing NIMH Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) in naturalistic clinical settings. Bull Menninger Clin. 2016; 80(3):187-212. PMID: 27583809.
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    10. Lal TM, Baldwin PR, Cai MB, Savjani RR, Eagleman DM, Ress D, Salas R. Real time functional MRI training to decrease motion in imaging studies: Lack of significant improvement. Bull Menninger Clin. 2016; 80(4):348-356. PMID: 27936900.
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    11. Baldwin PR, Curtis KN, Patriquin MA, Wolf V, Viswanath H, Shaw C, Sakai Y, Salas R. Identifying diagnostically-relevant resting state brain functional connectivity in the ventral posterior complex via genetic data mining in autism spectrum disorder. Autism Res. 2016 May; 9(5):553-62. PMID: 26451751.
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    12. Viswanath H, Velasquez KM, Thompson-Lake DG, Savjani R, Carter AQ, Eagleman D, Baldwin PR, De La Garza R, Salas R. Alterations in interhemispheric functional and anatomical connectivity are associated with tobacco smoking in humans. Front Hum Neurosci. 2015; 9:116. PMID: 25805986; PMCID: PMC4353249.
    13. Gu X, Lohrenz T, Salas R, Baldwin PR, Soltani A, Kirk U, Cinciripini PM, Montague PR. Belief about nicotine selectively modulates value and reward prediction error signals in smokers. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2015 Feb 24; 112(8):2539-44. PMID: 25605923; PMCID: PMC4345562.
    14. Viswanath H, Velasquez KM, Savjani R, Molfese DL, Curtis K, Molfese PJ, Eagleman DM, Baldwin PR, Frueh BC, Fowler JC, Salas R. Interhemispheric insular and inferior frontal connectivity are associated with substance abuse in a psychiatric population. Neuropharmacology. 2015 May; 92:63-8. PMID: 25592214.
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    15. Ridgewell C, Bray A, Curtis K, Velasquez K, Baldwin PR, Fowler JC, Mathew SJ, Salas R. Enhanced Olfactory Cortex Connectivity in a Patient With PTSD With Olfactory Hallucinations. J Neuropsychiatry Clin Neurosci. 2015; 27(2):e170-1. PMID: 25923873.
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    16. Thompson-Lake DG, Cooper KN, Mahoney JJ, Bordnick PS, Salas R, Kosten TR, Dani JA, De La Garza R. Withdrawal Symptoms and Nicotine Dependence Severity Predict Virtual Reality Craving in Cigarette-Deprived Smokers. Nicotine Tob Res. 2015 Jul; 17(7):796-802. PMID: 25475087.
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    17. Savjani RR, Velasquez KM, Thompson-Lake DG, Baldwin PR, Eagleman DM, De La Garza R, Salas R. Characterizing white matter changes in cigarette smokers via diffusion tensor imaging. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2014 Dec 1; 145:134-42. PMID: 25457737.
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    18. Wesley MJ, Lohrenz T, Koffarnus MN, McClure SM, De La Garza R, Salas R, Thompson-Lake DG, Newton TF, Bickel WK, Montague PR. Choosing Money over Drugs: The Neural Underpinnings of Difficult Choice in Chronic Cocaine Users. J Addict. 2014; 2014:189853. PMID: 25197609; PMCID: PMC4150492.
    19. Abdallah CG, Salas R, Jackowski A, Baldwin P, Sato JR, Mathew SJ. Hippocampal volume and the rapid antidepressant effect of ketamine. J Psychopharmacol. 2015 May; 29(5):591-5. PMID: 25122038; PMCID: PMC4852551.
    20. Velasquez KM, Molfese DL, Salas R. The role of the habenula in drug addiction. Front Hum Neurosci. 2014; 8:174. PMID: 24734015; PMCID: PMC3975120.
    21. Viswanath H, Carter AQ, Baldwin PR, Molfese DL, Salas R. The medial habenula: still neglected. Front Hum Neurosci. 2013; 7:931. PMID: 24478666; PMCID: PMC3894476.
    22. Baeza-Loya S, Viswanath H, Carter A, Molfese DL, Velasquez KM, Baldwin PR, Thompson-Lake DG, Sharp C, Fowler JC, De La Garza R, Salas R. Perceptions about e-cigarette safety may lead to e-smoking during pregnancy. Bull Menninger Clin. 2014; 78(3):243-52. PMID: 25247743; PMCID: PMC4458373.
    23. Salas R, Steele K, Lin A, Loe C, Gauna L, Jafar-Nejad P. Playback Theatre as a tool to enhance communication in medical education. Med Educ Online. 2013; 18:22622. PMID: 24369762; PMCID: PMC3873757.
    24. Salas R, Steele K, Lin A, Loe C, Gauna L, Jafar-Nejad P. Playback Theatre as a tool to enhance communication in medical education. Med Educ Online. 2013 Jan; 18(1):22622. PMID: 28166016.
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    25. Salas R, Fung B, Sturm R, De Biasi M. Abnormal social behavior in nicotinic acetylcholine receptor ?4 subunit-null mice. Nicotine Tob Res. 2013 May; 15(5):983-6. PMID: 23042983; PMCID: PMC3693500.
    26. Baldwin PR, Alanis R, Salas R. The Role of the Habenula in Nicotine Addiction. J Addict Res Ther. 2011 Oct 20; S1(2). PMID: 22493758.
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    27. Mineur YS, Abizaid A, Rao Y, Salas R, DiLeone RJ, Gündisch D, Diano S, De Biasi M, Horvath TL, Gao XB, Picciotto MR. Nicotine decreases food intake through activation of POMC neurons. Science. 2011 Jun 10; 332(6035):1330-2. PMID: 21659607; PMCID: PMC3113664.
    28. Salas R, Baldwin P, de Biasi M, Montague PR. BOLD Responses to Negative Reward Prediction Errors in Human Habenula. Front Hum Neurosci. 2010; 4:36. PMID: 20485575; PMCID: PMC2872503.
    29. Salas R, Sturm R, Boulter J, De Biasi M. Nicotinic receptors in the habenulo-interpeduncular system are necessary for nicotine withdrawal in mice. J Neurosci. 2009 Mar 11; 29(10):3014-8. PMID: 19279237; PMCID: PMC3862238.
    30. Gangitano D, Salas R, Teng Y, Perez E, De Biasi M. Progesterone modulation of alpha5 nAChR subunits influences anxiety-related behavior during estrus cycle. Genes Brain Behav. 2009 Jun; 8(4):398-406. PMID: 19220484; PMCID: PMC2712346.
    31. Perán M, Hooper H, Marchal JA, Boulaiz H, Rodríguez-Serrano F, Velez C, Aránega A, Salas R. Cell surface immobilization of GABAA Rs in cerebellar granule cells depends on the M3/M4 cytoplasmatic loop of the alpha 1 subunit. Cells Tissues Organs. 2009; 189(6):420-4. PMID: 18824838.
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    32. Salas R, Main A, Gangitano DA, Zimmerman G, Ben-Ari S, Soreq H, De Biasi M. Nicotine relieves anxiogenic-like behavior in mice that overexpress the read-through variant of acetylcholinesterase but not in wild-type mice. Mol Pharmacol. 2008 Dec; 74(6):1641-8. PMID: 18776044.
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    33. Fonck C, Nashmi R, Salas R, Zhou C, Huang Q, De Biasi M, Lester RA, Lester HA. Demonstration of functional alpha4-containing nicotinic receptors in the medial habenula. Neuropharmacology. 2009 Jan; 56(1):247-53. PMID: 18789953; PMCID: PMC2645341.
    34. Salas R, De Biasi M. Opposing actions of chronic stress and chronic nicotine on striatal function in mice. Neurosci Lett. 2008 Jul 25; 440(1):32-4. PMID: 18539390; PMCID: PMC2536517.
    35. De Biasi M, Salas R. Influence of neuronal nicotinic receptors over nicotine addiction and withdrawal. Exp Biol Med (Maywood). 2008 Aug; 233(8):917-29. PMID: 18480414.
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    36. Salas R, Main A, Gangitano D, De Biasi M. Decreased withdrawal symptoms but normal tolerance to nicotine in mice null for the alpha7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor subunit. Neuropharmacology. 2007 Dec; 53(7):863-9. PMID: 17920082; PMCID: PMC2149846.
    37. Perán M, Hooper H, Boulaiz H, Marchal JA, Aránega A, Salas R. The M3/M4 cytoplasmic loop of the alpha1 subunit restricts GABAARs lateral mobility: a study using fluorescence recovery after photobleaching. Cell Motil Cytoskeleton. 2006 Dec; 63(12):747-57. PMID: 17029290.
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    38. Zhou FM, Liang Y, Salas R, Zhang L, De Biasi M, Dani JA. Corelease of dopamine and serotonin from striatal dopamine terminals. Neuron. 2005 Apr 7; 46(1):65-74. PMID: 15820694.
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    39. Liang Y, Salas R, Marubio L, Bercovich D, De Biasi M, Beaudet AL, Dani JA. Functional polymorphisms in the human beta4 subunit of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors. Neurogenetics. 2005 Feb; 6(1):37-44. PMID: 15742216.
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    40. Salas R, Pieri F, De Biasi M. Decreased signs of nicotine withdrawal in mice null for the beta4 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor subunit. J Neurosci. 2004 Nov 10; 24(45):10035-9. PMID: 15537871.
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    41. Petit FG, Salas R, Tsai MJ, Tsai SY. The regulation of COUP-TFII gene expression by Ets-1 is enhanced by the steroid receptor co-activators. Mech Ageing Dev. 2004 Oct-Nov; 125(10-11):719-32. PMID: 15541767.
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    42. Salas R, Cook KD, Bassetto L, De Biasi M. The alpha3 and beta4 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor subunits are necessary for nicotine-induced seizures and hypolocomotion in mice. Neuropharmacology. 2004 Sep; 47(3):401-7. PMID: 15275829.
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    43. Peran M, Hooper H, Rayner SL, Stephenson FA, Salas R. GABAA receptor alpha1 and alpha6 subunits mediate cell surface anchoring in cultured cells. Neurosci Lett. 2004 Jul 1; 364(2):67-70. PMID: 15196679.
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    44. Salas R, Pieri F, Fung B, Dani JA, De Biasi M. Altered anxiety-related responses in mutant mice lacking the beta4 subunit of the nicotinic receptor. J Neurosci. 2003 Jul 16; 23(15):6255-63. PMID: 12867510.
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    45. Salas R, Orr-Urtreger A, Broide RS, Beaudet A, Paylor R, De Biasi M. The nicotinic acetylcholine receptor subunit alpha 5 mediates short-term effects of nicotine in vivo. Mol Pharmacol. 2003 May; 63(5):1059-66. PMID: 12695534.
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    46. Tsuneki H, Salas R, Dani JA. Mouse muscle denervation increases expression of an alpha7 nicotinic receptor with unusual pharmacology. J Physiol. 2003 Feb 15; 547(Pt 1):169-79. PMID: 12562921; PMCID: PMC2342616.
    47. Broide RS, Salas R, Ji D, Paylor R, Patrick JW, Dani JA, De Biasi M. Increased sensitivity to nicotine-induced seizures in mice expressing the L250T alpha 7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor mutation. Mol Pharmacol. 2002 Mar; 61(3):695-705. PMID: 11854451.
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    48. Franceschini D, Paylor R, Broide R, Salas R, Bassetto L, Gotti C, De Biasi M. Absence of alpha7-containing neuronal nicotinic acetylcholine receptors does not prevent nicotine-induced seizures. Brain Res Mol Brain Res. 2002 Jan 31; 98(1-2):29-40. PMID: 11834293.
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    49. Salas R, Petit FG, Pipaon C, Tsai MJ, Tsai SY. Induction of chicken ovalbumin upstream promoter-transcription factor I (COUP-TFI ) gene expression is mediated by ETS factor binding sites. Eur J Biochem. 2002 Jan; 269(1):317-25. PMID: 11784326.
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    50. Peran M, Hicks BW, Peterson NL, Hooper H, Salas R. Lateral mobility and anchoring of recombinant GABAA receptors depend on subunit composition. Cell Motil Cytoskeleton. 2001 Oct; 50(2):89-100. PMID: 11746674.
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    51. Rico-Hesse R, Weaver SC, de Siger J, Medina G, Salas RA. Emergence of a new epidemic/epizootic Venezuelan equine encephalitis virus in South America. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 1995 Jun 06; 92(12):5278-81. PMID: 7777497; PMCID: PMC41677.
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