George Panagis, PhD
Associate Professor in Biopsychology
University of Crete
Department of Psychology
Laboratory of Behavioral Neuroscience
His main interests lie in the following fields:
• Neural basis of brain stimulation reward.
• Interactions between drugs of abuse and brain reward systems.
• The role of endogenous cannabinoid system in behavior and reward.
• Effects of mood stabilizers on brain reward.
• Effects of physical exercise on brain reward system and behaviour.
1. Panagis G., Hildebrand B.E., Svensson T.H. & Nomikos G.G. (2000) Selective c-fos induction and decreased dopamine release in the the central nucleus of amygdala in rats displaying a mecamylamine-precipitated nicotine withdrawal syndrome. Synapse, 35, 15-25.
2. Panagis G., Kastellakis A., Spyraki C. & Nomikos G.G (2000) Effects of methyllycaconitine (MLA), an alpha 7 nicotinic receptor antagonist, on nicotine- and cocaine- induced potentiation of brain stimulation reward, Psychopharmacology, 149, 388-396.
3. Vlachou, S., Stamatopoulou, F., Nomikos, G.G. and Panagis, G. (2008) Enhancement of endocannabinoid neurotransmission through CB1 cannabinoid receptors counteracts the reinforcing and psychostimulant effects of cocaine, International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology, 11, 905-923.
4. Mavrikaki, M., Nomikos, G.G., & Panagis, G. (2009). Effects of Mood Stabilizers on Brain Reward Processes in Rats: Studies Using the Intracranial Self-Stimulation Paradigm, European Neuropsychopharmacology, 19, 205-214.
5. Mavrikaki, M., Markaki, E., Nomikos, G.G., & Panagis, G. (2010). Chronic WIN55,212-2 elicits sustained and conditioned increases in intracranial self-stimulation thresholds in the rat, Behavioural Brain Research, 209, 114-118.
6. Katsidoni, V., Apazoglou, K., & Panagis, G. (2011).Role of serotonin 5-HT2A and 5-HT2C receptors on brain stimulation reward and the reward-facilitating effect of cocaine, Psychopharmacology, 213, 337-354.