Associate Professor and Acting Chair
Office Location: AC-3F05
Degree Institution Field Dates PhD City University of New York Experimental Cognition 1997 BA City College, City University of New York Psychology 1979
Dr. Villegas’ central interest is based on contemporary research using adult stem cell (neurospheres) transplantation and recovery of cognitive functions in a rat model of Alzheimer’s disease. The rat Alzheimer’s model is produced by chronic infusion of neurotoxins. The behavior test includes using the Morris water maze for testing learning and memory, and a ‘serial reaction time task’ for testing attention. The study presents an innovative strategy for exploring more permanent treatments for neurodegenerative disorders.
Areas of Expertise
- Behavioral Neuroscience
Central mechanisms of reward and Sleep
Articles in Field Of Expertise
Hungund, B. L., Goldstein, D. B., Villegas, F. & Cooper, T. B.. "Formation of fatty Acids ethyl esters during chronic ethanol treatment in mice." Biochemical Pharmacology. 37 1988: 3001-3004.
Villegas, Franciso. "Effects of Ad Libitum Midbrain Intracranial Self-Stimulation on Rapid Eye Movement Sleep in Rats." Unpublished Doctoral Dissertation. 1997: .
Abel, M. S., Villegas, F., Steiner, S. S., Beer, B. & Meyerson, L. R.. "The effect of rapid eye movement sleep deprivation on cortical ß-adrenergic rapid eye movement sleep deprivation on cortical adrenergic receptors." Brain Research. 11 1983: 792-794.
Presented Papers, Lectures, and Exhibitions and Performances
" Rodriguez, B., Verdieu, Y. C., Anderson, M. & Villegas, F. 5-HT7 Agonist AS-19 and Antagonist SB-269970 on a Spatial Navigational Memory Task in Male Long-Evans Rats " 2007: Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students. Austin, TX..
" Parasram, Y. L., Rodriguez, I., Fiorucci, J., Liz, G., Castrillon, N., Gómez-Blum, L. & Villegas, F. Various Doses of Methylene Blue on Radial Maze Acquisition in Rats " 2005: Annual Meeting of Society for Neuroscience. Washington, DC..
" Hungund, B. L., Villegas, F. & Mahadik, S. P. Ganglioside reduces ethanol-induced sleep in mice " 1987: American Society for Neurochemistry.
" Gimino, F., Villegas, F., Murphy, P., Ocheret, D., Bashir, T., Alvarez, R., Abreau, J., Steiner, S. S., & Ellman, S. J. Clonidine blocks the effect of morphine on intracranial self-stimulation rates from the medial forebrain bundle and the locus coeruleus " 1986: Annual Meeting of Society for Neuroscience. Washington, D.C..
" Villegas, F., Steiner, S. S., Abreau, J., Gimino, F., Beer, B. & Meyerson, L. R. Non correspondence of rapid eye movement sleep deprivation and cortical ß-adrenergic receptor regulation " 1982: Annual Meeting of Society for Neuroscience. Minneapolis, MN..
" Villegas, F., Gimino, F., Alvarez, R., Abreau, J., Sano, M., Steiner, S. S. & Ellman, S. J. Morphine Differently affects ICSS interactions between the locus coeruleus and the medial forebrain bundle. " 1981: Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, Los Angeles, CA..
" Villegas, F., Gimino, F., Abreau, J. & Steiner, S. S. Parametics variations in ICSS: Constant current and isolations from ground " 1980: MBRS Conference.
" Halperin, R., Halperin, J., Villegas, F., Daren, S., Steiner, S. S. & Ellman, S. J. The effects of REM sleep deprivation on stimulus-bound eating thresholds " 1977: Annual Meeting of Society for Neuroscience. Anaheim, CA..
Other Professional Activities and Public Service
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U. S. Air force: 1968 – 1972.