Movement is an ancient and basic function that is integral to the survival of the individual and species. As such, disorders of movement have a profound impact upon all facets of life. One of the most common movement disorders is Parkinson's disease. Parkinson's disease is a neurodegenerative disorder that compromises dopaminergic areas of the brain rendering the individual unable to initiate, coordinate and execute movement. By utilizing an animal model of Parkinson's disease and a combination of behavioral, histological and neuroanatomical techniques our laboratory examines the role of various neural alterations responsible for this debilitating disorder. As importantly, we explore pharmacological targets within the brain that may aid in the development of better treatment for the Parkinsonian patient. Current research in our laboratory indicates that the brain serotonin system may provide a novel target for the reduction of parkinsonian symptoms and the delay of medication-induced side effects that occur as a result of chronic drug therapy.
Contact Christopher Bishop, Science IV, Room 363
Students in my laboratory will have the opportunity to learn and apply a diverse array of neuroscientific techniques (behavioral, neurochemical and histological). Dedicated individual will also have the chance to design, execute and present their research findings to the scientific community.
Interested students must be at least sophomores who are able to dedicate between 8-12 hours in the lab per week. Those with appropriate classroom experience (e.g. physiological psychology, drugs and behavior) are preferred.
Last Updated: 7/16/12