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.


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.







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.


Martin, K. (2003, May). The Effects of Flumazenil on Learning Set Formation in nBM Lesioned Long Evans Rats: GABAergic Influences
Mentor: Dr. Aileen Bailey


Eight Long-Evans rats were randomly assigned to one of three groups: nBM lesion (n=5), sham-operated (n=2), non-operated control group (n=1).   Initial testing indicated learning set formation in control animals but a significant impairment in learning set formation in the nBM lesioned group.   Treatments of flumazenil (3mg/kg; i.p.), a benzodiazepine inverse agonist, did not improve learning set performance in the nBM lesioned animals in a series of novel odor-unique discrimination problems.   

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