Tuesday, January 1, 2013

And it begins!

Happy New Year!  Yesterday and today, I'm in Amherst Mass. learning a new surgical technique from my colleague Dr. JP Baird.  Stereotaxic placement of bilateral cannulas into the parabrachial nucleus (PBN) in rats.  This will allow us to deliver GABA-A agonists directly into the PBN area of the brain to analyze the role of GABA receptors in shaping palatibility of tastes. 

I will bring the technique back to the Pittman lab at Wofford and teach my students how to implant the cannulas during the January Interim term so we can start experiements this spring!

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