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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Edwards, Margaret (2008).  The Effect of Ongoing Adenosine Antagonism at the A1 and A2a Receptor on Long-Term Memory.
Mentor: Dr. Anne Marie Brady

Abstract 

The effects of chronic A1 and A2A antagonists on spatial memory were investigated.  Low doses of drug were administered daily (0.3 mg/kg, i.p.) for 6 weeks.  Spatial memory was assessed by performance during Morris Water Maze (MWM) training and probe tests.  The results indicated that subjects that received the A1 antagonist alone tended to acquired memory slightly faster than animals that received only A2A antagonist.  Animals that received A1 antagonist or a combination of the two adenosine antagonists retained spatial memory preferences longer than animals that received only the A2A antagonist.  This suggest that if adenosine antagonism of the A1 receptor is minor memory is enhanced rather than impaired even when antagonism occurs over a long period of time.  These findings suggest that these low levels of antagonism are enough to effect receptor activation but not enough to produce long-term changes in receptor binding.