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.
Konka, Kimmie (2010). Investigating the Effects of Postnatal Exposure to Prozac on Adult Rat Motor and Emotional Behavior. (Mentor: A. Bailey) Winner of a Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research
Women diagnosed with post-partum depression are often treated with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) drugs. These drugs can readily pass through the mother’s breast milk to the infant during breast feeding. There have been no long-term studies on the physical and emotional side effects these drugs can have on the infants as adults. In this study, male rat pups were exposed to fluoxetine (Prozac) through dam’s milk from PD 8 to PD 21. Rats were allowed to mature undisturbed until adulthood when they underwent behavioral and emotional testing. Results showed that fluoxetine exposed rats were less anxious in the elevated plus maze by spending significantly less time in the closed arms than control rats. It was also found that fluoxetine exposed rats had significantly lower latency to fall times on the rotarod test. These results indicate that postnatal exposure to fluoxetine has long-term emotional and motor side effects and should be avoided during lactation.