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.


Kallevang, Jonathan (2011).  Performance on hippocampal dependent tasks in the cycad model of Parkinson's disease in rats. (Mentor: A. Bailey)


The cycad model of Parkinson’s Disease (PD) has been shown to produce motor symptoms similar to that of PD, and similar to those seen in the MPTP and 6-ODHA rat models. However, unlike these previous models, cycad is a progressive and variable model that may better reflect idiopathic PD histologically. Here, cycad fed rats were subjected to hippocamal dependent tasks to observe behavioral parallels in the model that are consistent with pre-motor cognitive symptoms in human patients. We found no significant difference between cycad and control performance on the novel object recognition task, fear-conditioning, or open field analysis; illuminating the complexity of the disease pathology and interaction of multiple anatomical regions and neurotransmitter systems. Anxiety related behavior was generally observed in the cycad rats, possibly confounding our results. Also, it is possible that the highest dose of cycad ingestion in this experiment precipitated attentional deficits, but due to a small sample size, further research and experimentation is required.