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UC-Irvine scientists present groundbreaking research at Society for Neuroscience conference
Date:11/3/2007

s I; San Diego Convention Center Halls B-H


Methamphetamine Use Impairs Learning

UCI scientists have demonstrated in rats that methamphetamine use can impair their ability to learn. This result has been observed in humans but only a few times replicated in an animal model. The UCI finding adds to growing evidence that methamphetamine, in addition to causing brain damage in humans and animals, creates behavioral impairments in rats that may reflect the cognitive dysfunction observed in humans. It also could help scientists develop new treatments for people suffering from the side effects of methamphetamine.

Poster: The effect of a neurotoxic regimen of methamphetamine on attentional set-shifting performance of Long-Evans rats

UCI Experts: John Marshall, professor of neurobiology and behavior; Mimi Belcher, graduate student in neurobiology and behavior, UC Irvine

When: 11 a.m. Noon Tuesday, Nov. 6

Where: Poster 610, Learning, Memory, and Addiction; San Diego Convention Center Halls B-H


Blood Test Holds Promise for Alzheimers Disease Diagnosis

UC Irvine scientists have found that gene expression patterns in white blood cells taken from patients with Alzheimers disease differ significantly from patterns in healthy people of the same age and sex. The difference was large enough, the researchers say, that it was possible by looking only at the blood samples to tell which ones belong to the Alzheimers patients. The finding could provide the basis for a simple and reliable blood test to diagnose Alzheimers disease.

Poster: Gene expression changes in peripheral blood cells in Alzheimers disease: Evidence of pathology outside the brain?

UCI Experts: Dr. Andrius Baskys, associate professor of psychiatry and human behavior, UC Irvine; Jennifer Koontz, graduate researcher, UC Riverside

When: 9-10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7

Where: Poster 795, Alzheimers Disease and Other Dementias: Gen
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Contact: Tom Vasich
tmvasich@uci.edu
949-285-6455
University of California - Irvine
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