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Neuroscience Major and Honors Program Member Receives Honorable Mention

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Posted on Thursday, May 19, 2016

Recent graduate, Brenna Guard, neuroscience major and member of the honors program, received honorable mention for her poster presentation, "The Role of Acetylcholine in Expression in a Rat Model of Addiction” at a regional neuroscience symposium.

Among 60 presenters, Guard was one of four students to be honored for her poster at the Symposium for Young Neuroscientists and Professionals of the Southeast (SYNAPSE) at Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina.

Guard performed this work with Dr. Deanne Buffalari, assistant professor of psychology and chair of the neuroscience program. Together, the pair investigated the relationship between acetylcholine, a nervous system compound, and the expression of addictive behavior using rats as an animal model.

According to their website, SYNAPSE provides opportunities for students to present their research results and obtain feedback from neuroscientists; discuss important issues in neuroscience training in workshops and panel discussions; and learn about cutting-edge research; and form connections with other regional neuroscientists.

Guard also presented her work at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research in Asheville, North Carolina and at the Westminster College Undergraduate Research and Arts Celebration (URAC) event. 

For more information, contact Buffalari at (724) 946-7358.