Dr. Buhler is a founding faculty member in the School of Pharmacy, teaching pharmacology to first year students since 2006. She loves working with students in class and out. Most recently she won P1 Teacher of the Year for 2012-13, and was part of a team of Pacific University School of Pharmacy faculty that won the AACP Innovations in Teaching Competition in 2014.
PHRM 563 | Central Nervous System I
PHRM 565 | Central Nervous System II
2006 | Postdoctoral Intern, Neurosciences Pain Research Program, Merck Inc. and Co., West Point, PA
2001-2006 | Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Pharmacology and Pain Research Group, University of Iowa
2001 | Doctor of Philosophy, Pharmacology, University of Colorado
1995 | Bachelor of Art, Chemistry, California State University, Fresno
1995 | Bachelor of Art, Functional Biology, California State University, Fresno
Areas of Research & Specialization
Dr. Buhler has specializations in pharmacy & interprofessional education and research neuropharmacology. Current laboratory research focuses on neuronal circuits involved in the modulation of pain, mechanisms underlying chronic pain, and alternative and complementary therapies for pain relief. Dr. Buhler welcomes undergraduate and Pharmacy students in her lab. She has hosted 13 undergraduate and 10 graduate/professional students in research opportunities.
2013 Kate Wagner, Zach Roeder, Keith DesRochers, Amber V. K. Buhler, Mary M. Heinricher, Daniel R. Cleary. “The dorsomedial hypothalamus increases pain sensitivity via CCK containing projections to the rostral ventromedial medulla.” Neuroscience, 238:29-38.
2011 Amber V. Buhler, Katie Farrell, David Fuentes, BJ Scott, Kelli Shaffer, and Mary Von. An interprofessional case conference on Alzheimer's disease: teaching students in the health professions to work together. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 25(3):223-225.
2010 Reza Karimi, Cassandra Arendt, Pauline Cawley, Amber V. Buhler, Fawzy Elbarbry, and Sigrid Roberts. Learning bridge: curricular integration of didactic and experiential education. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, 74(3) Article 48.
2008 A.V. Buhler and Reza Karimi. Peer-level patient presenters decrease pharmacy students' social distance from patients with schizophrenia and clinical depression. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, 72 (5) Article 106.
2008 A.V. Buhler, H.K. Proudfit and G.F. Gebhart. Neurotensin-produced antinociception in the rostral ventromedial medulla is partially mediated by spinal cord norepinephrine. Pain, 135(3):280-90.
2006 L. Zhang, K.T. Sykes, A.V. Buhler, D.L. Hammond. Electrophysiological heterogeneity of spinally projecting serotonergic and nonserotonergic neurons in the rostral ventromedial medulla. Journal of Neurophysiology, 95(3):1853-63.
2005 A.V. Buhler, J. Choi, H.K. Proudfit and G.F. Gebhart. Neurotensin activation of the NTR1 on spinally-projecting serotonergic neurons in the rostral ventromedial medulla is antinociceptive. Pain, 114(1-2):285-94.
2004 A.V. Buhler, H.K. Proudfit and G.F. Gebhart. Separate populations of neurons in the rostral ventromedial medulla project to the spinal cord and to the dorsolateral pons in the rat. Brain Research, 1016:12-19.
2002 A.V. Buhler, T.V. Dunwiddie. Alpha7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptors on GABAergic interneurons evoke dendritic and somatic inhibition of hippocampal neurons. Journal of Neurophysiology, 87(1):548-557.
2001 A.V. Buhler, T.V. Dunwiddie. Regulation of the activity of hippocampal stratum oriens interneurons by alpha7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptors. Neuroscience, 106 (1):55-67.
1998 C.J. Frazier, A.V. Buhler, J.L. Weiner, and T.V. Dunwiddie. Synaptic potentials mediated via alpha-bungarotoxin-sensitive nicotinic acetylcholine receptors in rat hippocampal interneurons. Journal of Neuroscience, 18(20):8228-8235.
1998 J.L. Weiner, A.V. Buhler, V.J. Whatley, R.A. Harris, and T.V. Dunwiddie. Colchicine is a competitive antagonist at human recombinant gamma-aminobutyric acidA receptors. Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, 284:95-102.
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