Benjamin N. Greenwood, Ph.D.
Department of Integrative Physiology
University of Colorado
Boulder, CO 80309-0354
phone: (303) 492-7331
fax: (303) 492-6778
The neurobiological mechanisms by which physical activity status impacts cognitive and behavioral responses to stress, focusing primarily on learning and memory, depression-, and anxiety-related behaviors in rodents.
1995-1999, B.A., Psychology and Kinesiology, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado.
1999-2002, M.S., Kinesiology and Applied Physiology, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado.
2002-2005, Ph.D., Neuroscience and Integrative Physiology, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado.
2005-2010, Research Associate, Department of Integrative Physiology, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO.
2006-2007, Lecturer, Department of Psychology, University of Colorado Denver and Health Sciences Center, Denver, CO.
2007-2008, Lecturer, Department of Integrative Physiology, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO.
2010-Present, Assistant Research Professor, Department of Integrative Physiology, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO.
Honors, Grants and Awards
2002, Psychoneuroimmunology Society Scholars Award.
2002, National Institute of Mental Health Pre-doctoral Fellowship Award.
2007, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Stadard Research Grant Award.
2008, Society for Neuroscience Post-doctoral Travel Award.
2009, National Institute of Mental Health R03 Grant Award
Bland ST, Tamlyn JP, Barrientos RM, Greenwood BN, Watkins LR, Campeau S, Day HE, Maier SF. Expression of fibroblast growth factor-2 and brain-derived neurotrophic factor mRNA in the medial prefrontal cortex and hippocampus after uncontrollable or controllable stress. Neuroscience 144: 1219-28, 2007.
Christianson JP, Ragole T, Amat J, Greenwood BN, Strong PV, Paul ED, Fleshner M, Watkins LR, Maier SF. 5-hydroxytryptamine 2C receptors in the basolateral amygdala are involved in the expression of anxiety after traumatic stress. Biological Psychiatry 67: 339-345, 2010.
Dishman RK, Berthoud HR, Booth FW, Cotman CW, Edgerton VR, Fleshner MR, Gandevia SC,
Gomez-Pinilla F, Greenwood BN, Hillman CH, Kramer AF, Levin BE, Moran TH, Russo-Neustadt AA, Salamone JD, Van Hoomissen JD, Wade CE, York DA, Zigmond MJ. Neurobiology of exercise. Obesity 14: 345-56, 2006.
Greenwood BN, Flesher M. Exercise, learned helplessness, and the stress resistant brain. Neuromolecular Medicine, 2008;10(2):81-98.
Greenwood BN, Strong PV, Brooks L, Fleshner M. Anxiety-like behaviors produced by acute fluoxetine administration in male Fischer 344 rats are prevented by prior exercise. Psychopharmacology, 199: 209-22, 2008.
Greenwood BN, Strong PV, Dorey AA, Fleshner M. Therapeutic effects of exercise: wheel running reverses stress-induced interference with shuttle box escape. Behavioral Neuroscience 121: 992-1000, 2007.
Greenwood BN, Strong PV, Fleshner M. Lesions of the basolateral amygdala reverse the long-lasting interference with shuttle box escape produced by uncontrollable stress. Behavioral Brain Research 211: 71-6, 2010.
Greenwood BN, Strong PV, Fleshner M. A behavioral analysis of the impact of voluntary physical activity on hippocampal-dependent contextual conditioning. Hippocampus 19: 988-1001, 2009.
Greenwood BN, Strong PV, Foley TE, Thompson RS, Fleshner M. Learned helplessness is independent of levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor in the hippocampus. Neuroscience 144: 1193-208, 2007.
Sasse SK, Greenwood BN, Masini CV, Nyhuis TJ, Fleshner M, Day HEW, Campeau S. Six weeks of voluntary wheel running facilitates hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenocortical axis response habituation to repeated audiogenic stress exposures in male Sprague-Dawley rats. Stress: The International Journal on the Biology of Stress 11: 425-37, 2008.
Strong PV, Greenwood BN, Fleshner M. The effects of the selective 5-HT(2C) receptor antagonist SB 242084 on learned helplessness in male Fischer 344 rats. Psychopharmacology. 203: 665-75, 2009.