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.


Callahan, Lauren (2006).  The Effects Of Isolation Rearing In Adolescence On Behavioral Sensitization To Methamphetamine In Adulthood.
Mentor: Dr. Anne Marie Brady


Environmental stress has been shown to play a significant role in addictive behavior in both animal models and in humans. The present study investigates whether the stress of social isolation in adolescence increases measures of behavioral sensitization to methamphetamine in adult rats. Male Sprague-Dawley rats were reared either in isolation (n=11) or housed two to a cage (n=12) beginning in adolescence. At the onset of adulthood, rats were randomly assigned to receive either methamphetamine (n=15) or saline (n=8), and locomotor activity was measured in activity chambers at baseline, over five chronic days, and at a later test day. Results reveal that rats reared in isolation in adolescence do not exhibit higher levels of sensitization to methamphetamine than non-isolated rats. In conclusion, the current study does not show that isolation rearing increases sensitization to methamphetamine.

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