Westminster College Assistant Professor Co-authors Paper

Friday, September 28, 2012

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Dr. Veronica Porterfield, Westminster College visiting assistant professor of biology, co-authored an article for the August issue of Brain Behavior and Immunity.

"Repeated Stressor Exposure Regionally Enhances Beta-Adrenergic Receptor-Mediated Brain IL-1β Production" was also authored by Kristin Gabella, Mark Simmons and John Johnson.

They examined how the regulation of IL-1β through β-AR signaling might change after repeated stress exposure and found support that repeated stress exposure results in brain area specific enhancements in β-AR-mediated IL-1 production. The results extend current knowledge of stress induced enhancement of brain cytokine production.

Visit http://www.sciencedirect.com to read the article.

Porterfield, a Westminster graduate who joined the faculty in 2011, earned a Ph.D. from Kent State University.

Contact Porterfield at (724) 946-7784 or email for additional information.

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster is a top-tier liberal arts college and a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 377 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 42 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.

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Dr. Veronica Porterfield, visiting assistant professor of biology