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.
Dr. Gwen Calhoon '06 recently received her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Maryland Baltimore, and was inducted into Nu Rho Psi.
Ward, Caitlin (2007). Conditioned Place Preference and the Effect of Dopamine Antagonism on Cocaine Reward in Adolescent and Adult Rats.
Mentor: Dr. Anne Marie Brady
Drug addiction is regulated by dopamine pathways in the human brain. Based on developmental differences between the adult and adolescent brain, it was hypothesized that adolescent and adult rats would respond differentially to treatment with drugs intended for cocaine anti-abuse. It was hypothesized that flupenthixol would block place preference in rats, and would be less effective in adolescent rats. Results show that rats demonstrated place preference, but found no differences between adolescents and adults, or groups receiving saline or flupenthixol prior to testing. Flupenthixol suppressed activity and movement, and had a greater affect on the suppression of movement in adult rats. These results suggest that behavioral responses to dopamine antagonism are different in adult and adolescent subjects.