Don W. Walker, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus


1964 BA (Experimental Psychology) University of Texas, Arlington
1968 MA & PhD (Physiological Psychology) Texas Christian University, Fort Worth
1968-1970 Postdoctoral Fellowship (Neurobiology) University of Florida, Gainesville

Professional Experience at the University of Florida:

1970-1983 Research Scientist, Veterans Administration Medical Center, Gainesville, FL
1971-1975 Assistant Professor, Department of Neuroscience
1975-1981 Associate Professor, Department of Neuroscience
1981-2003 Professor, Department of Neuroscience
1983-2003 Senior Research Career Scientist, Veterans Administration Medical Center, Gainesville, FL
2003 Retired Professor Emeritus, Department of Neuroscience

Major Research Interests:

  • The role of neurotrophic factors in ethanol – induced neurotoxicity.
  • Neurohistological, neurophysiological, and behavioral effects of chronic ethanol exposure and aging.
  • Anatomy, physiology and pharmacology of the hippocampus.
  • The effects of prenatal ethanol exposure on the development of brain and behavior.
  • The neurobiological mechanisms of ethanol tolerance and dependence.

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Book Chapters:

  1. Walker, D.W., Hunter, B.E. and Riley, J.N. A behavioral and electrophysiological analysis of ethanol dependence in the rat.  In M.M. Gross (Ed.), Alcohol Intoxication and Withdrawal:  Experimental Studies II, Plenum Press, New York, pp. 353-372, 1975.
  2. Randall, C.L., Taylor, W.J., Tabakoff, B. and Walker, D.W. Ethanol as a teratogen.  In R. Thurman (Ed.), Alcohol and Aldehyde Metabolizing Systems II, Academic Press, pp. 659-670, 1977.
  3. Walker, D.W., Barnes, D.E., Riley, J.N., Hunter, B.E. and Zornetzer, S.F. The neurotoxicity of chronic alcohol consumption:  An animal model.  In Psychopharmacology of Alcohol, M. Sandler (Ed.), Raven Press, New York, pp. 17-31, 1980.
  4. Walker, D.W., Hunter, B.E., Barnes, D.E. and Riley, J.N. An animal model of alcohol-induced brain damage:  A behavioral and anatomical analysis.  In Cerebral Deficits in Alcoholism, A. Wilkinson (Ed.), Addiction Research Foundation, Toronto, pp. 123-147, 1982.
  5. Zornetzer, S.F., Walker, D.W., Hunter, B.E. and Abraham, W.C. Neurophysiological changes produced by alcohol.  In Alcohol and Health Monograph No. 2, Biomedical processes and consequences of alcohol use, pp. 95-128, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1982.
  6. Walker, D.W. and Hunter, B.E. Neuronal adaptation in the hippocampus induced by long-term ethanol exposure.  In The Role of Neuroplasticity in the Response to Drugs, NIDA Research monograph 78, D.P. Friedman and D.H. Clouet (Eds.), U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, pp. 108-131, 1987.
  7. Crews, F.T., McElhaney, R., Freund, G., Ballinger, W.E., Walker, D.W., Hunter, B.E. and Raizada, M.K. Binding of [125I] – Insulin-like growth factor -1 (IGF-1) in brains of Alzheimer’s and alcoholic patients.  In M.K. Raizada and D. Le Roith (Eds) Molecular Biology and Physiology of Insulin-like Growth Factors, Plenum Press, New York, 1991 pp. 483-492.
  8. Walker, D.W., King, M.A., and Hunter, B.E.: Alterations in the structure of the hippocampus after long-term ethanol administration.  In W.A. Hunt and S.J. Nixon (Eds), Alcohol-Induced Brain Damage, NIAAA Monograph, Washington DC, pp. 231-247, 1993.
  9. Walker, D.W., Heaton, M.B., and Hunter, B.E. Role of neurotrophins in alcohol-induced brain damage.  In WA Hunt and SJ Nixon (Eds.), Alcohol-Induced Brain Damage, NIAAA Monograph, Washington D.C., pp. 401-414, 1993