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November 18, 2008

Welcome Entry

My blog is about research and advancements in the Neuroscience fields. For the past year and a half I’ve been a Research Assistant for the University of Michigan ‘s Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience Institute (MBNI) http://www.mbni.med.umich.edu/mbni/index.html. My research focuses primarily on depression and hyperactivity disorders. We use a novel rodent model for depression and hyperactivity known as the HR/LR strain of rats that has been developed by our lab over the past years. These rats have been selectively bred based on accepted markers for depression and anxiety.

Through the selective breeding process we have created the High Responding (HR) line that exhibit lower than normal anxiety markers and higher loco motor scores, and the Low Responding (LR) line that exhibit higher scores on tests for depression and anxiety. They also have significantly decreased loco motor scores compared to the HRs. We use this model to explore the behavioral and neurobiological differences involved in depression and hyperactivity.

The Society for Neuroscience (SfN) recently hosted their annual meeting in Washington D.C. This conference draws neuroscience researchers from undergraduate students to the leaders and most respected professionals in the field to present their recent findings and exchange ideas. U of Ms MBNI sent many presenters including myself. The conference allowed me the opportunity to see how vast a field neuroscience really is and how much research is being done to understand the brain.

Through this blog I hope to convey some of the cutting edge research that is being done in the field today. I will discuss presentations given at the SfN conference and also articles found in the news regarding the newest developments and discoveries in neuroscience research.

Posted by horr at November 18, 2008 03:39 PM