Sanika S. Chirwa, M.D., Ph.D.


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Faculty Appointments
Professor of Neuroscience and Pharmacology at Meharry Medical College Adjunct Professor of Pharmacology at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Ph.D., Pharmacology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, CanadaM.D., Pharmacology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, CanadaB.Pharm., Pharmacy, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
Office Address
Meharry Medical College
West Basic Sciences Building
1005 Dr. D.B. Todd Jr. Blvd.
Nashville, TN 37208-3599
Research Keywords
Learning and Memory
Onaivi ES, Ali SF, Chirwa SS, Zwiller J, Thiriet N, Akinshola BE, Ishiguro H. Ibogaine signals addiction genes and methamphetamine alteration of long-term potentiation. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2002; 965: 28-46.

Chirwa, S.S., J. Mack, H. Park, K. Dennis, A. Aduounum. An in vivo model for investigating bilateral synaptic plasticity across CA3/CA1 synapses in guinea pig dorsal hippocampus. J. Neurosci. Meth. 2001; 110((12)): 25-30.

Onaivi ES, Bishop-Robinson C, Motley ED, Chakrabarti A, Chirwa SS. Neurobiological actions of cocaine in the hippocampus. Ann. N. Y. Acad. Sci. 1996 Oct 10/31/1996; 801: 76-94. PMID: 8959025, ISSN: 0077-8923.

Onaivi ES, Bishop-Robinson C, Motley ED, Chakrabarti A, Chirwa SS. Neurobiological actions of cocaine in the hippocampus. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 1996; 801: 76-94.

Chase MH, Engelhardt JK, Adinolfi AM, Chirwa SS. Age-dependent changes in cat masseter nerve: an electrophysiological and morphological study. Brain Res. 1992; 586: 279-88.

Morishita W, Xie Z, Chirwa SS, May PB, Sastry BR. Blockade of hippocampal long-term potentiation by saccharin. Neuroscience. 1992; 47: 21-31.

Chirwa SS, Stafford-Segert I, Soja PJ, Chase MH. Strychnine antagonizes jaw-closer motoneuron IPSPs induced by reticular stimulation during active sleep. Brain Res. 1991; 547: 323-6.

Chirwa SS, MacLeod BA, Day B. Intraarticular bupivacaine (Marcaine) after arthroscopic meniscectomy: a randomized double-blind controlled study. Arthroscopy. 1989; 5: 33-5.

Sastry BR, Chirwa SS, May PB, Maretic H. Substances released during tetanic stimulation of rabbit neocortex induce neurite growth in PC-12 cells and long-term potentiation in guinea pig hippocampus. Neurosci Lett. 1988; 91: 101-5.

Chirwa SS, Sastry BR. Asynchronous synaptic responses in hippocampal CA1 neurons during synaptic long-term potentiation. Neurosci Lett. 1988; 89: 355-60.

Sastry BR, Goh JW, May PB, Chirwa SS. The involvement of nonspiking cells in long-term potentiation of synaptic transmission in the hippocampus. Can J Physiol Pharmacol. 1988; 66: 841-4.

Saint, D. A., D. M. J. Quastel, S. S. Chirwa. Effect of a volatile anaesthetic upon nerve terminal excitability in mammalian hippocampus. Can. J. Physiol. Pharmacol. 1986; 64: 221-3.

Sastry BR, Chirwa SS, Goh JW, Maretic H, Pandanaboina MM. Verapamil counteracts depression but not long-lasting potentiation of the hippocampal population spike. Life Sci. 1984; 34: 1075-86.