Lab Funding & Investment


Keele Research Development Fund

Awarded Summer 2018



BBSRC New Investigator Award

Awarded Autumn 2016



HEFCE Teaching Equipment Funding (via Keele University)

Awarded Spring 2016



Keele University ACORN PhD Studentship Funding

Awarded Summer 2015



Pauline Ashley New Investigator Grant

Awarded Autumn 2014



Keele ISTM Equipment Grant

Awarded Spring 2014



Submitted Manuscripts

  • Caruana DA and Dudek SM. (submitted). Adenosine A1 receptor-mediated synaptic depression in the developing hippocampal area CA2.


Peer-Reviewed Manuscripts

  • Pagani JH, Zhao M, Cui Z, Avram SKW, Caruana DA, Dudek SM, Young WS. (2015). Role of the vasopressin 1b receptor in rodent aggressive behavior and synaptic plasticity in hippocampal area CA2. Molecular Psychiatry, 20: 490-499.


  • Glovaci I, Caruana DA, and Chapman CA (2014). Dopaminergic enhancement of excitatory synaptic transmission in layer II entorhinal neurons is dependent upon D1 receptor-mediated signaling via PKA and protein-phosphatase 1. Neuroscience, 258: 74-83.


  • Caruana DA, Alexander GM, Dudek SM. (2012). New insights into the regulation of synaptic plasticity from an unexpected place: hippocampal area CA2. Learning & Memory, 19: 391–400.


  • Simons SB, Caruana DA, Zhao M, Dudek SM. (2012). Caffeine-induced synaptic potentiation in hippocampal CA2 neurons. Nature Neuroscience, 15: 23–25.


  • Caruana DA, Warburton EC, Bashir ZI. (2011). Induction of activity-dependent LTD requires muscarinic receptor activation in medial prefrontal cortex. Journal of Neuroscience, 31: 18464–18478.


  • Garden D, Massey PV, Caruana DA, Johnson B, Warburton EC, Aggleton JP, Bashir ZI. (2009). Anterior thalamic lesions stop synaptic plasticity in retrosplenial cortex slices: expanding the pathology of diencephalic amnesia. Brain, 132: 1847–1857.


  • Caruana DA, Chapman CA. (2008). Dopaminergic suppression of synaptic transmission in the lateral entorhinal cortex. Neural Plasticity, 2008: 203514.


  • Kourrich S, Glasgow SD, Caruana DA, Chapman CA. (2008). Postsynaptic signals mediating induction of long-term synaptic depression in the entorhinal cortex. Neural Plasticity, 2008: 840374.


  • Caruana DA, Nesbitt C, Mumby DG, Chapman CA. (2008). Seizure activity in the rat hippocampus, perirhinal and prefrontal cortex associated with transient global cerebral ischemia. Journal of Neural Transmission, 115: 401–411.


  • Rodaros D, Caruana DA, Amir S, Stewart J. (2007). Corticotropin-releasing factor projections from limbic forebrain and paraventricular nucleus of the hypothalamus to the region of the ventral tegmental area. Neuroscience, 150: 8–13.


  • Caruana DA, Reed SJ, Sliz DJ, Chapman CA. (2007). Inhibiting dopamine reuptake blocks the induction of long-term potentiation and depression in the lateral entorhinal cortex of awake rats. Neuroscience Letters, 426: 6–11.


  • Caruana DA, Sorge RE, Stewart J, Chapman CA. (2006). Dopamine has bidirectional effects on synaptic responses to cortical inputs in layer II of the lateral entorhinal cortex. Journal of Neurophysiology, 96: 3006–3015.


  • Winocur G, Moscovitch M, Caruana DA, Binns MA. (2005). Retrograde amnesia in rats with lesions to the hippocampus on a test of spatial memory. Neuropsychologia, 43: 1580–1590.


  • Caruana DA, Chapman CA. (2004). Stimulation of the parasubiculum modulates entorhinal cortex responses to piriform cortex inputs in vivo. Journal of Neurophysiology, 92: 1226–1235.