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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Nichols, Caitlin (2010).   The Relation between Positive Computed Tomography Findings and Symptom Manifestations in Concussed Children.   Mentor: Dr. Michael Baltzley

Abstract 

The occurrence of concussions, especially in children, is currently at an all time high in the United States. The halting of developmental stages in the brain due to pediatric concussion may result in severe symptom manifestations later in life in the form of post-concussion syndrome (PCS).  This study investigates the relationship between positive computed tomography (CT) findings and symptom manifestations in eight concussed children. Results indicate a correlation between anterograde amnesia and loss of consciousness, however, no other symptom manifestations showed significant correlation. A larger sample size could indicate a link between positive CT findings and symptom manifestations that would show the potential importance of neuropsychological testing, CT scans and/or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans, and subjective symptom reports. The combined use of these techniques may provide healthcare providers with the ability to accurately predict the length of time needed for an individual’s brain to fully recover in order to manage concussions adequately.