Seminars & Events

Friday, October 4, 2013: Dr. Laurie Ryan, SMCM '86 (National Institute on Aging) will speak on "Alzheimer's Disease: Targets and Treatments" at 3:00 pm in Goodpaster Hall 195.

Monday, October 21, 2013: Dr. Greg Elmer (University of Maryland Baltimore) will speak on "Domains and Constructs in Motivation: Where Does the Habenula Fit In?" at 4:45 pm in Goodpaster Hall 195

Friday, October 25, 2013:  Dr. Terry Davidson (American University) will speak on "Why We Overeat and Become Obese?  It Could be What We Think!" at 3:00 pm in Goodpaster Hall 195.

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Alumni Highlight

Dr. Gwen Calhoon '06 recently received her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Maryland Baltimore, and was inducted into Nu Rho Psi.

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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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Chiappelli, J. (2004, May). Behavioral Functions of 5-HT1A Receptors in Rat Orbitofrontal Cortex.
Mentor: Dr. Aileen Bailey

Abstract

Cannula were implanted in the orbitofrontal cortex (OFC), a prefrontal region of the brain, of 17 rats. The behavior of these animals was observed after intracerebral infusion or intraperitoneal injection of 8-OH-DPAT, a serotonin- 1A agonist. Behavior paradigms used were the open field, social interaction, forced swim and prepulse inhibition tests. Intracerebral infusion of 8-OH-DPAT increased exploratory behavior, had a weak anxiety-reducing effect, and decreased social interaction of the rats, but did not affect depression like behavior or sensorimotor gating. Systemic injection of 8-OH-DPAT had an antidepressant-like effect. Results indicate a role of 5-HT1A receptors in the OFC in regulating social and emotional behaviors, and may have implications for psychopathology.

Read the paper (pdf format, 1.71 MB)