Suzanne Erb

Associate Professor



CSB Appointment


Research Areas

Animal Biology, Neurobiology


Ph.D., Concordia University, 2000
MA, Concordia University, 1996
BSc, Wilfrid Laurier University, 1995

Primary Undergraduate Department

Psychology, UTSC

Graduate Programs

Cell & Systems Biology

Research Description

The neurobiology of substance dependence and the relationship between stress and long-term vulnerability to drug use.

Contact Information

Office Phone: 416-287-7454
Office: SW531
Lab Phone: 416-287-5612

Mailing Address

Department of Cell & Systems Biology
University of Toronto
1265 Military Trail
Scarborough, ON M1C 1A4

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Repeated intravenous administrations of teneurin-C terminal associated peptide (TCAP)-1 attenuates reinstatement of cocaine seeking by corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF) in rats

Erb S, McPhee M, Brown ZJ, Kupferschmidt DA, Song L, Lovejoy DA
2014, Behavioural brain research, 269, 1-5, 24768621

Cocaine exposure prior to pregnancy alters the psychomotor response to cocaine and transcriptional regulation of the dopamine D1 receptor in adult male offspring

Sasaki A, Constantinof A, Pan P, Kupferschmidt DA, McGowan PO, Erb S
2014, Behavioural brain research, 265, 163-70, 24583058

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Ecologically valid assessment of executive dysfunction using a novel virtual reality task in patients with acquired brain injury

Jovanovski D, Zakzanis K, Ruttan L, Campbell Z, Erb S, Nussbaum D
2012, Applied neuropsychology. Adult, 19, 207-20, 23373607

Reinstatement of cocaine seeking in rats by the pharmacological stressors, corticotropin-releasing factor and yohimbine: role for D1/5 dopamine receptors

Brown ZJ, Kupferschmidt DA, Erb S
2012, Psychopharmacology, 224, 431-40, 22707255

Development of a novel, ecologically oriented virtual reality measure of executive function: the Multitasking in the City Test

Jovanovski D, Zakzanis K, Campbell Z, Erb S, Nussbaum D
2012, Applied neuropsychology. Adult, 19, 171-82, 23373603

Expression and resilience of a cocaine-conditioned locomotor response after brief and extended drug-free periods

Johnson SA, Sediqzadah S, Erb S
2012, Behavioural brain research, 230, 69-77, 22326371

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Teneurin C-terminal associated peptide-1 blocks the effects of corticotropin-releasing factor on reinstatement of cocaine seeking and on cocaine-induced behavioural sensitization

Kupferschmidt DA, Lovejoy DA, Rotzinger S, Erb S
2011, British journal of pharmacology, 162, 574-83, 20883474

A procedure for studying the footshock-induced reinstatement of cocaine seeking in laboratory rats

Kupferschmidt DA, Brown ZJ, Erb S
2011, Journal of visualized experiments : JoVE, 21248699

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Central injections of noradrenaline induce reinstatement of cocaine seeking and increase c-fos mRNA expression in the extended amygdala

Brown ZJ, Nobrega JN, Erb S
2011, Behavioural brain research, 217, 472-6, 20933023

Age-related effects of acute nicotine on behavioural and neuronal measures of anxiety

Kupferschmidt DA, Funk D, Erb S, Lê AD
2010, Behavioural brain research, 213, 288-92, 20546793

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Evaluation of the relationship between anxiety during withdrawal and stress-induced reinstatement of cocaine seeking

Erb S
2010, Progress in neuro-psychopharmacology & biological psychiatry, 34, 798-807, 19969038

Role of CRF and other neuropeptides in stress-induced reinstatement of drug seeking

Shalev U, Erb S, Shaham Y
2010, Brain research, 1314, 15-28, 19631614

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Interaction between noradrenaline and corticotrophin-releasing factor in the reinstatement of cocaine seeking in the rat

Brown ZJ, Tribe E, D'souza NA, Erb S
2009, Psychopharmacology, 203, 121-30, 18985323

Effects of repeated yohimbine on the extinction and reinstatement of cocaine seeking

Kupferschmidt DA, Tribe E, Erb S
2009, Pharmacology, biochemistry, and behavior, 91, 473-80, 18824018

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Footshock stress reinstates cocaine seeking in rats after extended post-stress delays

Brown ZJ, Erb S
2007, Psychopharmacology, 195, 61-70, 17659382

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A study of the lasting effects of cocaine pre-exposure on anxiety-like behaviors under baseline conditions and in response to central injections of corticotropin-releasing factor

Erb S, Kayyali H, Romero K
2006, Pharmacology, biochemistry, and behavior, 85, 206-13, 16987545

A role for corticotropin-releasing factor in the long-term expression of behavioral sensitization to cocaine

Erb S, Brown ZJ
2006, Behavioural brain research, 172, 360-4, 16822557

Effects of central neurokinin-1 receptor antagonism on cocaine- and opiate-induced locomotor activity and self-administration behaviour in rats

Placenza FM, Fletcher PJ, Vaccarino FJ, Erb S
2006, Pharmacology, biochemistry, and behavior, 84, 94-101, 16757018

Central injections of CRF reinstate cocaine seeking in rats after postinjection delays of up to 3 h: an influence of time and environmental context

Erb S, Petrovic A, Yi D, Kayyali H
2006, Psychopharmacology, 187, 112-20, 16767421

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Activation of central neurokinin-1 receptors induces reinstatement of cocaine-seeking behavior

Placenza FM, Vaccarino FJ, Fletcher PJ, Erb S
2005, Neuroscience letters, 390, 42-7, 16125318

Activation of central neurotensin receptors reinstates cocaine seeking in the rat: modulation by a D1/D5, but not D2/D3, receptor antagonist

Lopak V, Erb S
2005, Psychopharmacology, 182, 297-304, 16010538

Cocaine pre-exposure enhances CRF-induced expression of c-fos mRNA in the central nucleus of the amygdala: an effect that parallels the effects of cocaine pre-exposure on CRF-induced locomotor activity

Erb S, Funk D, Lê AD
2005, Neuroscience letters, 383, 209-14, 15955413

Neurocognitive deficits in cocaine users: a quantitative review of the evidence

Jovanovski D, Erb S, Zakzanis KK
2005, Journal of clinical and experimental neuropsychology, 27, 189-204, 15903150

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Prior, repeated exposure to cocaine potentiates locomotor responsivity to central injections of corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF) in rats

Erb S, Funk D, Lê AD
2003, Psychopharmacology, 170, 383-9, 12955298

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