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Presentation Title

Stress, Gender, & Brain: Functional Neuroanatomy of the Basolateral Amygdala

Student Presenter(s) and Advisor

Anhar Mohamed '14Follow

Location

Calvin Durand

Abstract

Stress and anxiety disorders are more prominent in females than males. In previous studies, female rats showed a heightened fear response, which is linked primarily to the basolateral amygdala, a brain area associated with emotion. In this study, conducted at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, we hypothesize that neurons in female rat amygdalae are more excitable than those of males, resulting from decreased expression of KCa channels. We are currently comparing the properties of such neurons in males and in females. Once completed, these studies will aid in understanding mechanisms for sex differences in anxiety disorders.

Presentation Type

Poster

Start Date

4-9-2013 1:00 PM

End Date

4-9-2013 1:40 PM

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Field of Study for Presentation

Neuroscience

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Apr 9th, 1:00 PM Apr 9th, 1:40 PM

Stress, Gender, & Brain: Functional Neuroanatomy of the Basolateral Amygdala

Calvin Durand

Stress and anxiety disorders are more prominent in females than males. In previous studies, female rats showed a heightened fear response, which is linked primarily to the basolateral amygdala, a brain area associated with emotion. In this study, conducted at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, we hypothesize that neurons in female rat amygdalae are more excitable than those of males, resulting from decreased expression of KCa channels. We are currently comparing the properties of such neurons in males and in females. Once completed, these studies will aid in understanding mechanisms for sex differences in anxiety disorders.