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.


Reid, Chelsea (2007).  Periadolescents on Methamphetamine: The Impact of an Escalating Dose Regimen of Methamphetamine on Non-Spatial Working Memory and Serotonin within the Hippocampus.  Winner of a Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research.
Dr. Anne Marie Brady


The use of methamphetamine (METH) worldwide, in adults and adolescents, has led to increased research on the neurotoxicity to brain regions and the cognitive deficits caused by METH.  The current experiment focused on the effects of METH on hippocampus dependent non-spatial and spatial working memory and hippocampal serotonin levels with an escalating dose model of METH use in periadolescent rats.  Using 18 male Spraque-Dawley rats, the novel object recognition task and the discrete paired-trials delayed alternation task measured working memory and optical density quantified serotonin found in the hippocampus.  The effects on working memory and hippocampal serotonin were found to be non-significant.  Further research should utilize the escalating dose model to determine the developmental issues caused by periadolescent METH use.