Robert Berman

Robert Berman

Position Title
Professor of Neurological Surgery

  • Department of Neurological Surgery, School of Medicine
1515 Newton Ct., Davis, CA, 95616

Grad Group Affiliations

  • Neuroscience
  • Pharmacology/Toxicology

Specialties / Focus

  • Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology
  • Development and Plasticity
  • Medical Neuroscience


  • PTX 203 Principles of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Spring

Honors and Awards

  • National Associate of the National Academies 2002

    Professional Societies

    • National Research Council Associateship and Fellowship Advisory Committee
    • Chair, Life Sciences Panel, National Research Council Fellowshp Program
    • Society for Neuroscience
    • American Society for Neurochemistry (ASN)
    • National Neurotrauma Society
    • International Behavioral and Neural Genetics Society
    • Research Society on Alcoholism
    • International Behavioral and Neural Genetics Society


    • 0 Ph.D. - University of Utah
    • 0 Postdoc Neurochemistry - Univ. North Carolina


    2008 Parks, E.A., McMechan, A.P., Hannigan, J.H. & Berman, R.F. Environmental enrichment alters neurotrophin levels after fetal alcohol exposure in rats. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research. 32(10), 1-11.

    2008 Pessah, I.N., Seegal, R., Lein, P.J., LaSalle, J., Yee, B.K., Van de Water, J. & Berman, R.F. Immunologic and neurodevelopmental susceptibilities of autism. Neurotoxicology, 29(3), 532-545.

    2008 Zhao, X., Gorin, F.A., Berman, R.F. & Lyeth, B. G. Differential hippocampal protection when blocking intracellular sodium and calcium entry during traumatic brain injury. J. Neurotrauma, In press.

    2007 Hannigan, HJ, O'Leary-Moore, Sk, & Berman, R. F. Postnatal environmental or experiential amelioration of neurobehavioral effects of perinatal alcohol exposure in rats. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 31:202-211, 2007.

    2007 Jaubert, P.J., Golub, M.S., Lo, Y.Y., Germann, S.L., Dehoff, M.H., Wlrley, P.F., Kang, S.H., Scharz, M.K., Seeburg, P.H. and Berman, R.F. Complex, multimodal behavioral profile of the Homer1 knockout mouse. Genes, Brain and Behavior. 6: 141-154, 2007.

    2007 Folkerts, M.M., Parks, E., Dedman, J., Kaetzel, M., Lyeth, B.G. & Berman, R.F. Phosphorylation of calcium calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II following traumatic brain injury in rats. J. Neurotrauma, 24(4): 638-650.

    2007 Berman, R.F., Pessah, I.N., Mouton, P.R., Mav, D. & Harry, J. Low-level neonatal thimerosal exposure: Further evaluation of altered neurotoxic potential in SJL mice. Toxicological Sciences, 101(2), 294-309.

    2006 Greco, C.M., Berman, R.F., Martin, R.M., Tassone, F., Schwartz, P.H., Chang, A., Trapp, B.D., Iwahashi, C., Brunberg, J. Grigsby, J., Hessl, D., Becker, E.J., P{apazian, J., Leehey, M.A., Hagerman, R.J. & Hagerman, P.J. Neuropathology of fragile X-associated tremor/ataxia syndrome (FXTAS). Brain, 129, 243-255, 2006.

    2006 Zhong, C., Zhao, X., Van, K.C., Bzdega, T., Smyth, A., Zhou, J., Kozikowski, A.P., Jiang, J., O-Connor, W.T., Berman, R.F., Neale, J.H. & Lyeth, B.G. NAAG peptidase inhibitor increases dialysate NAAG and Reduces Glutamate, Aspartate and GABA levels in the dorsal hippocampus following lateral fluid percussion injury in the rat. J. Neurochemistry, 97(4), 1015-25, 2006.

    2006 Lapanantsain, S., Chongthammakun, S., Floyd, C.L., Berman, R.F. Effects of 17B-estradiol on intracellular calcium changes and neuronal survival after mechanical strain injury in neuronal-glial cultures. Synapse, 60(5), 406-10, 2006.

    2006 O'Leary-Moore, S.K., McMechan, A.P., Mathison, S.N., Berman, R.F., & Hannigan, J.H. Reversal learning after prenatal or easly postnatal alcohol exposure in juvenile and adults rats. Alcohol, 38(2), 99-110.

    2006 Burke, K.A., Cheng, Y., Baogang,k L., Petrov, A., Pushkar, J. Berman, R.F., Reuhl, R.K. & DiCicco-Bloom, E. Methylmercury elicits rapid inhibition of cell proliferation in the developing brain and decreases cell cycle regulator, cyclin E. Neurotoxicology, 27(6): 970-81, 2006.

    2005 Viant, M.R., Lyeth, B.G., Miller, M.G. & Berman, R.F. An NMR metabolomic investigation of early metabolic disturbances following traumatic brain injury in a mammalian model.NMR Biomed. 2005 Dec;18(8):507-16.

    2005 German, T.S., Berman, R.F., Lee, I. & Kesner, R.P. Patterns of hippocampal cell loss based on subregional lesions of the hippocampus. Brain Res. 1065(1-2):1-7, 2005.

    2005 Van Putten, H.P., Bouwhuis, M.G., Muizelaar, J.P., Lyeth, B.G. & Berman, R. F. Diffusion weighted imaging of Edema following traumatic brain injury in rats: Effects of hypoxia. J. Neurotrauma, 22(8), 857-872, 2005

    2005 Dietrich, K.N., Eskenazi, B., Schantz, S., Yolton, K. Rauh, V.A., Johnson, C.B., Alkon, A., Canfield, R. L., Pessah, I.N. & Berman, R.F. Principles and practices of neurodevelopmental assessment in children: Lessions learned from the centers for children's environmental health and disease prevention research. J. Environmental Health Perspectives, 113(10), 1437-46, 2005

    2005 McGaraughty, S.P., Berman, R. F., Cowart, M. & Jarvis, M. F. Anticonvulsant and antinociceptive actions of novel adenosine kinase inhibitors. In press, Current Topics in Medicine Chemistry, 5(1), 43-58, 2005.

    2005 Aden, U., O'Connor, W. T. & Berman, R. F. Changes in adenosine metabolites and adenosine receptors in the kindled rat brain. Neuroreport, 15(10), 1585-1589, 2005.

    2004 Hallam, T. M., Floyd, C. L., Folkerts, M. M., Lee, L. L., Gong, Q-Z, Lyeth, B. G., Muizelaar, J. P. and Berman, R. F. Comparison of behavioral effects and acute neuronal degeneration in rat lateral fluid percussion and weight drop brain injury models. J. Neurotrauma, 21(4), 521-539, 2004.

    2004 Lee, L.L., Gallo, E., Lyeth, B.G., Muizelaar, J.P. & Berman, R. F. Neuroprotection in the rat lateral fluid percussion in model by SNX185, an N-type voltage gated calcium channel blocker. Experimental Neurology, 90:70-78, 2004

    2001 Lyeth, B. G., Gong, Q-Z, Shields, S., Muizelaar, J. P. and Berman, R. F. Group I metabotropic glutamate antagonist reduces acute neuronal degeneration and behavioral deficits after traumatic brain injury in rats. Experimental Neurology, 169, 191-1, 2001

    2003 Rismanchi, N., Floyd, C. L., Berman, R.F. and Lyeth, B.G. Cell death and long-term maintenance of neuron-like state after differentiation of rat bone marrow stromal cells: A comparison of protocols. Brain Research, 991(1-2), 46-55, 2003

    2003 Zhao, X., Ahram, A., Berman, R.F., Muizelaar, J. P. & Lyeth, B. G. Early loss of astrocytes after experimental traumatic brain injury. Glia, 44:140-152, 2003.

    2001 Zwienenberg, M., Gong, Q-Z, Berman, R. F., Muizelaar, J. P. and Lyeth, B. G. The effects of Group II and III metabotropic glutamate receptor activation on neuronal injury in a rodent model of traumatic brain injury. Neurosurgery, 48(5) 1119-1127, 2001.

    2001 Hannigan, J.H., Berman, R.F. Alcohol embryofetopathy in rats and the principles of teratology: Illuminating hippocampal dysfunction. In: R. Vogel, J. Fanghanel, Th. Koppe (Eds). Aspects of Teratology, Vol 2, Tectum-Verlag, Marburg, German

    2001 Berman, R. F., Aden, U., and O'Connor, W. T. Increased adenosine release and metabolism during seizures in rats. Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on In Vivo Methods: Monitoring Molecules in Neuroscience., pp392-394, 2001.

    2000 Berman, R. F., B. H. Verveij and J. Paul Muizelaar. Neurobehavioral protection by the calcium channel blocker SNX111 in a rat model of diffuse brain injury. J. Neurosurg. 93: 831-838, 2000

    2000 Berman, R. F. & Hannigan, J. H. Hippocampal damage following prenatal alcohol exposure in rats. Hippocampus. 10:94-110, 2000.

    2000 Berman, R. F., Fredholm, B. B., Aden, U. & O'Connor, W. R. Evidence for increased adenosine release and metabolism in the hippocampus of rats during seizures. In Press, Brain Research, 872(1-2): 44-53, 2000

    2000 Hannigan, J. H. & Berman, R. F. Amelioration of alcohol-related neurodevelopmental disorders in rats: Exploring and environmental treatments. Neurotoxicology and Teratology, 22, 103-111, 2000.