2015 - 18th Annual Steven Galovich Memorial Student Symposium

Student Presenter(s) and Advisor

Johnathan C. Vinkavich, Lake Forest CollegeFollow

Location

Meyer Auditorium

Abstract

Parkinson’s disease is caused by loss of dopaminergic neurons in specific regions of the brain. After injecting rats with a toxin to kill these neurons, rats displayed behavioral symptoms associated with the disease, including reduction of movement and desire to explore new areas. Results indicate that one area of the brain was related to reduction of movement, whereas another area was related to loss of the desire to explore, although some loss in both areas was necessary to cause any behavioral changes. These findings further delineate the particular regions of the brain associated with specific symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.

Presentation Type

Individual Presentation

Start Date

4-7-2015 9:00 AM

End Date

4-7-2015 10:15 AM

Panel

Scientific Studies

Panel Moderator

Naomi Wentworth

Field of Study for Presentation

Biology, Neuroscience

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Damage to specific regions of the brain determines symptoms of Parkinson’s disease

Meyer Auditorium

Parkinson’s disease is caused by loss of dopaminergic neurons in specific regions of the brain. After injecting rats with a toxin to kill these neurons, rats displayed behavioral symptoms associated with the disease, including reduction of movement and desire to explore new areas. Results indicate that one area of the brain was related to reduction of movement, whereas another area was related to loss of the desire to explore, although some loss in both areas was necessary to cause any behavioral changes. These findings further delineate the particular regions of the brain associated with specific symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.