Seminars & Events

Thursday, September 11, 2014: Dr. Bevil Conway (Wellesley College) will speak on his research in visual neuroscience and color at 4:30 pm in Goodpaster Hall 195.

Monday, October 27, 2014: Dr. Todd Gould (University of Maryland Baltimore) will speak on "Genes to behaviors to treatments in bipolar disorder" at 4:45 pm in Goodpaster Hall 195

Friday, December 5, 2014:  Dr. Brian Mathur (University of Maryland Baltimore) will speak on "Braking bad: Aberrant inhibitory neurotransmission in addiction" at 3:00 pm in Goodpaster Hall 195.

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Alumni Highlight

Check out Jordan Gaines Lewis '11's award-winning blog, Gaines on Brains. 

gainesonbrains.com

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SMP Spotlight

Katie Gluskin and Jeff Haus present their SMP
Katie Gluskin and Jeff Haus, "Entorhinal Cortex Lesions, Habituation, and Latent Inhibition," 2013. Gluskin and Haus, the 2013 co-winners of the Neuroscience Award, infused a neurotoxin into the entorhinal cortex of rats to induce a lesion, and measured the resulting habituation and latent inhibition behavior within a fear conditioning paradigm.

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Fomum-Mugri, Larissa (2010).  An Investigation of Preclinical Cognitive Impairments in the Rat Cycad Progressive Model of Parkinson’s Disease. (Mentor: A. Bailey) 

Abstract 

Previous research has indicated the grave implications of consuming the cycad seed present in the cycad plant, Cycas micronesica. Chamorro individuals in Guam who consumed washed cycad seeds and rodent models given cycad seeds both develop neurological symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease (PD). Washed cycad seeds fed to rodents have been shown to model the progression of Parkinson’s disease. Unlike the other animal models which demonstrate PD at either an earlier or later stage, this method shows progressive deterioration with eventual motor deficits similar to PD. Subjects in this study were fed washed cycad seeds for 114 days and tested for the changes in cognition. Animals were tested on a delayed non-matching to position task, a set shifting task, and a water maze task.