This collection includes publications from many different campus departments, centers, and units to highlight the University of Montana's Brain Initiative. The UM Brain Initiative brings neuroscience to the spotlight as a common thread that links scholarly research, education, and community outreach to increase an awareness of brain-related advances at the University of Montana.

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Submissions from 2017

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Caregiver Education in the Context of Stroke Rehabilitation, Maria Cristina Carkeek

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Caregiver Perspectives: A Phenomenological Study of Group Education During an Intensive Comprehensive Aphasia Program, Maggie Colstad

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Examination of Parent Understanding of YETI Evidence Based Practices, Kyle Dyrud Mr, Carson MacIntyre, and Lacey DeSalles

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Using Auditory Evoked Potentials to Objectively Determine Backward Masking, Brittany Galvin and Allie Cope

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Protecting Players While Protecting the Integrity of the Game in Youth Soccer, Aspen Peifer

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Protecting Players While Protecting the Integrity of the Game in Youth Soccer, Aspen Peifer

Synaptic Plasticity in Excitatory and Inhibitory Hippocampal Neuron Circuit Dynamics, Claire Seibold

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EAAT This: How EAAT1 Knockdown in Astrocytes Alters Aggression in Drosophila melanogaster, Haley N. Shepard

Theses/Dissertations from 2016

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MODULATING MALE AGGRESSION AND COURTSHIP: DETECTING EXTERNAL PHEROMONAL AND NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION, Jonathan C. Andrews

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Postactivation Potentiation: Practical Implications in The Collegiate Setting, Steven T. Banks

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The OAβ1R receptor is required in peripheral neurons to interpret environmental information, Edmond D. Brewer

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Adapting Near-Ultraviolet Colorimetry for Long-Term In Situ Monitoring of Hexavalent Chromium in Groundwater Aquifers, Janine Carter

Neuromuscular responses to an instantaneous force change in exhaustive bouts of exercise, Tara Cleveland

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THE EFFECTS OF AGING ON MULTIPLE POSTURAL MUSCLE CONTROL AND POSTURAL SWAY BEHAVIOR, Adriana Menezes Degani

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ASCTs could prove to be a useful therapeutic target for neuropsychological disorders, Jill Farnsworth

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METHYL-CPG BINDING PROTEINS MEDIATE OCTOPAMINERGIC REGULATION OF COMPLEX BEHAVIORAL TRAITS, Tarun Gupta

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Motor Impairments of Fluoxetine Administration in Betta Splendens, Jeffrey R. Kelly and Jaden Emminger

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Motor Control of Force Output in Fresh and Fatigued Muscle Fibers, Jennifer Miller

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Motor Control of Force Output in Fresh and Fatigued Muscle Fibers, Jennifer L. Miller

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Rehabilitation through Communication, Neuropsychology, Counseling, and Training (ReCoNeCT): Connecting students and student veterans impacted by mTBI with holistic interventions, skills, and support., Marley R. Niland

Keynote: Research that Improves Lives: Harnessing the Power of Neuroplasticity to Improve Language Function for Survivors of Stroke and Brain Injury, Catherine A. Off

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Assessment of a Theoretical Zika Intervention in Guatemala Using SMART Goals, Sarah Olafson

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SRC FAMILY KINASES MEDIATE INDIVIDUAL CELL RESPONSES TO RECEPTOR TYROSINE KINASE SIGNALING IN NEUROBLASTOMA CELLS, Juan Enrique Palacios Moreno

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A Significant Threat to Neuropsychological Test Validity, Meredith K. Reynolds, Brook E. Clark, and Stuart Hall

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Mathematical Problem-Solving via Wallas’ Four Stages of Creativity: Implications for the Undergraduate Classroom, Milos Savic

Euripides' Medea Revisited: Athenian democracy and the Peloponnesian War, Ian Siepker

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The Oaβ1R receptor mediates octopamine signaling at the periphery to promote male aggression, Bryn Sutherland

Synthesis and Modeling of CYP26 Selective Inhibitors, Benjamin Uhlenbruck

Events from 2015

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Postural control: the influence of vision to multi-muscle synergies, Adriana Degani, Alex Danna-dos-Santos, and Charles Leonard

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Changes in Neuromuscular Coordination with Jump Training After ACL Reconstruction, Audrey RC Elias and Ryan L. Mizner PT, PhD

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Improving mechanical and neuromuscular deficits following anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction, Audrey Rose Campbell Elias

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Identification of human SLC1 transporters that mediate transmembrane flux of D-serine, Jill Farnsworth

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Effects of Synaptic Frequency and Glutamate Transport on NMDA Receptor Activity at the Shaffer-CA1 Synapse, Genevieve Lind, Weinan Sun, Katie Hoffman, and Michael Kavanaugh

Retinoic Acid Hydroxylase Inhibitors as a Novel Therapy for Alzheimer’s Disease, Isabel Makman

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RETINOIC ACID HYDROXYLASE INHIBITORS AS A NOVEL THERAPY FOR ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE, Isabel M. Makman

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Protein Folding: Significance of Residue 72 in Human Cytochrome c, Eric Nold and Bruce Bowler

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The impact of dose on naming accuracy with persons with aphasia, Catherine A. Off, Kristie A. Spencer, and Margaret Rogers

A Novel Selective Inhibitor of CYP26B1 Potentiates the Effect of a Nanomolar Concentration of Retinoic Acid in Human Neuroblastoma SH-SY5Y Cells, Michel Santos and Nicolas Guilloteau

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Dendritic distributions of lh channels in experimentally-derived multi-compartment models of oriens-lacunosum/moleculare (O-LM) hippocampal interneurons, Vladislav Sekulic, Tse-Chiang Chen, J. Josh Lawrence, and Frances K. Skinner

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Comparing Two Prophylactic Dysphagia Treatments for Patients with Head and Neck Cancer, Laurie Slovarp

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Methamphetamine and Post-traumatic Epileptogenesis: Investigating the Neuroprotective Effect of Methamphetamine on Post-traumatic Seizures Caused by Traumatic Brain Injury, Debbie Smith

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Temporal and Spatial Changes in the Pattern of Iba1 and CD68 Staining in the Rat Brain Following Severe Traumatic Brain Injury, Debbie Smith, Diane Brooks, Eric Wohlgehagen, Thomas Rau, and David Poulsen

Events from 2014

Lunch & Roundtable Discussion

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Octopamine Neuromodulation Regulates Gr32a-Linked Aggression and Courtship Pathways in Drosophila Males, Jonathan C. Andrews, Maria Paz Fernàndez, Qin Yu, Gregory Patrick Leary, Adelaine K. W. Leung, Michael P. Kavanaugh, Edward A. Kravitz, and Sarah J. Certel

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THE VALIDITY OF SELF- VERSUS OTHER REPORTS OF ADHD SYMPTOMS IN COLLEGE STUDENTS: COGNITIVE AND ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT OUTCOMES, Eric Aune

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NMP-7 inhibits chronic inflammatory and neuropathic pain via block of Cab3.2 T-type calcium channels and activation of CB2 receptors, N. Daniel Berger, Vinicius M. Gadotti, Ravil R. Petrov, Kevin Chapman, Philippe Diaz, and Gerald W. Zamponi

Keynote Presentation, Randy Blakely

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The Role of NADPH Oxidase in the Modulation of PP2A, Nicole M. Byrnes

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Layer Specific Distribution of Cholinergic Interneurons in the Hippocampus, Elizabeth L. Catudio-Garrett

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Hilar Mossy Cells Provide the First Glutamatergic Synapses to Adult-Born Dentate Granule Cells, Jessica H. Chancey, David J. Poulsen, Jacques I. Wadiche, and Linda Overstreet-Wadiche

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Mercury Contamination in the Local Osprey Population, Harrison Cooper

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CONTINUOUS MEASURES OF MUSCLE BLOOD FLOW DURING ALL-OUT DYNAMIC EXERCISE, Tyler L. Gallo

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Can Personality Traits Predict Drug Use Preference?: A Discriminant Functions Analysis of Substance Use in the LGBTQ Population, Adam J. Gott

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Identifying octopamine receptor expressing neurons in the adult Drosophila male, Terra MH Hanks

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Evaluating neurite outgrowth and signal integration in response to NGF and GDNF in neuroblastoma cell lines, Sarah E. Hendricks

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Astrocyte-specific regulation of hMeCP2 expression in Drosophila, David Hess-Homeier, Chia-Yu Fan, Tarun Gupta, Ann-Shyn Chiang, and Sarah J. Certel

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The Effects of Prozac on Aggression in Siamese Fighting Fish, Andrew W. Hinkle, Theo Hanson, Lizzie Catudio-Garrett, Schuyler Hollingsworth, and Sarah Olafson

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Simulation of Brain Injury: Preparation Outside the Lab, Tory Kimpton

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An Environmental Toxic Model of Parkinson's Disease: The Fruit Fly, Jennene Lyda

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Deciphering the role of the octopamine receptor OAβ1R in Drosophila male aggression, Alonda M. Paddock

Communication Partners’ Social Acceptance of Augmentative and Alternative Communication in Persons with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Dani R. Perry and Jennifer Crosby

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Phenoxybenzamine Is Neuroprotective in a Rat Model of Severe Traumatic Brain Injury, Thomas Rau, Aakriti Kothiwal, Annela Rova, Joseph F. Rhoderick, and David J. Poulsen

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Using Multi-Compartment Ensemble Modeling as an Investigative Tool of Spatially Distributed Biophysical Balances: Application to Hippocampal Oriens-Lacunosum/Moleculare (O-LM) Cellns, Vladislav Sekulic, J. Josh Lawrence, and Frances K. Skinner

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Glutamate transporter modulation of ambient and synaptic glutamate levels, Weinan Sun

Submissions from 2013

Dissecting octopamine circuits regulating male aggression and courtship in drosophila, Miranda Bradley

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Age-associated changes in the neuroinflammatory response to toll-like receptor 4 and 9 stimulation, Leah Beth Christensen

Neurological and Genetic Origins: Language and Religion, Stephanie Christiansen

Cholinergic neuromodulation of parvalbumin interneurons during hippocampal gamma oscillations and pilocarpine-induced seizures, Evan DeCan

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MRI of Neuronal Recovery After Low-Dose Methamphetamine Treatment of Traumatic Brain Injury in Rats, Guang Liang Ding, Michael Chopp, David J. Poulsen, Lian Li, Changsheng Qu, Qingjiang Li, Siamak P. Nejad-Davarani, John S. Budaj, Hongtao Wu, Asim Mahmood, and Quan Jiang

Cell-specific effects of MeCP2 on aggression using Drosophila as a model organism, Austin Herron and David Hess-Homeier

Cell-specific regulation of MeCP2 expression in Drosophila Astrocytes, David Hess-Homeier

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DIFFERENTIATION-INDUCED CHANGES IN ANTIOXIDANT CAPACITY AND ANTIOXIDANT RESPONSE IN SH-SY5Y CELLS: ROLE OF NRF2, Akua Afriyie Karikari

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P-GLYCOPROTEIN TRANSPORT IN PESTICIDE PHARMACOKINETICS AND TOXICITY: INVESTIGATING A LINK TO PARKINSON'S DISEASE RISK, Sarah Elizabeth Lacher

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The Role of Personality in Predicting Problematic Substance Use Among Sexual Minorities, Nicholas Alexander Livingston

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Diagnosis Threat in Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Renee Madathil

Simulated traumatic brain injury: No relationship between self-ratings of success, objective measurement, and time spent preparing, Kaitlin McHenry

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Effects of pain interference on use of complementary therapy in fibromyalgia, Sandra Skogley

Investigating the Role of NADPH Oxidase in Ischemic Stroke Injury: An mRNA Knockdown Approach, Riley St. Clair

Submissions from 2012

Cell type-specific cholinergic innervation of hippocampal interneurons, Jackson Ball

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COMING TO THE SURFACE: THE ENVIRONMENT, HEALTH, AND CULTURE IN BUTTE, MONTANA, Stacie Lynn Barry

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The Role of NADPH Oxidase in Ischemia/Reperfusion-Induced Alterations to AMPA Receptor Trafficking and NMDA Receptor Function, Phillip Howard Beske

Effects of cell-specific MeCP2 expression on aggression using Drosophila as a model system for human disease, David Hess-Homeier and Brittany Felgate

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THE EFFECT OF SPILLOVER ONTO IONOTROPIC GLUTAMATE RECEPTORS AT THE SCHAFFER-CA1 SYNAPSE IN HIPPOCAMPAL SLICE, Katie Marie Hoffman

Mapping male aggression and courtship circuitry: Characterizing octopamine and GABA neurons in the Drosophila brain, Genevieve Lind and Jonathan C. Andrews

Determining cell-type specific effects of M1 muscarinic acetylcholine receptors, Samantha Mitchell

Characterization of multiple lipophilic binding pockets on the L-cystine/L-glutamate antiporter System xc-, Jayme Newell

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Oxygen Glucose Deprivation in Rat Hippocampal Slice Cultures Results in Alterations in Carnitine Homeostasis and Mitochondrial Dysfunction, Thomas Rau, Qing Lu, Shruti Sharma, Xutong Sun, Gregory Leary, Matthew L. Beckman, Yal Hou, Mark S. Wainwright, Michael P. Kavanaugh, David J. Poulsen, and Stephen M. Black

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Diagnosis Threat in a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Population, Haley Gail Trontel

Submissions from 2011

AUDIBILITY OF THE CRICKET, ACHETA DOMESTICUS, OBTAINED FROM AUDITORY EVOKED POTENTIALS, Bailee Guisti

VISUALIZATION OF A NEUROTRANSMITTER SWITCH DURING THE DEVELOPMENT OF HEARING, Alison Hixon

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Microwave-Accelerated Synthesis of Isoxazole Inhibitors of The System Xc- Transnporter, Afnan Lilly Matti

NOVEL INHIBITORS OF L-GLUTAMATE/L-CYSTINE EXCHANGER SYSTEM XC-, Jayme Newell

INHIBITION OF STROKE-INDUCED ACTIVITY OF THE APOPTOTIC ENZYME CASPASE-3, Riley St. Clair

CHOLINERGIC CONTROL OF NEUROLOGICAL FUNCTION: DISSECTING THE PUZZLING PATHWAYS INVOLVED IN LEARNING, MEMORY, AND MOVEMENT, Kurt Stoll

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Specificity and Actions of an Arylaspartate Inhibitor of Glutamate Transport at the Schaffer Collateral-Ca1 Pyramidal Cell Synapse, Weinan Sun, Katie M. Hoffman, David C. Holley, and Michael P. Kavanaugh

Submissions from 2010

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Octopamine Neuromodulatory Effects on a Social Behavior Decision-Making Network in Drosophila Males, Sarah J. Certel, Adelaine Leung, Chih-Yung Lin, Philip Perez, Ann-Shyn Chiang, and Edward A. Kravitz

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THE EFFCT OF LOW-LEVEL LEAD ON SEROTONIN EXPRESSION IN THE DEVELOPING MOUSE SUPERIOR OLIVARY COMPLEX AND SOMATOSENSORY CORTEX, Sunyoung Park

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Influence of Prion Protein Expression on Function of Excitatory Amino Acid Transporters in Mouse Primary Astrocytes, Melissa Selvy Pathmajeyan

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Organophosphorus Pesticides Decrease M2 Muscarinic Receptor Function in Guinea Pig Airway Nerves Via Indirect Mechanisms, Becky J. Proskocil, Donald A. Bruun, Charles M. Thompson, Allison D. Fryer, and Pamela J. Lein

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BIOISOSTERES OF AMPA: CONFORMATIONAL ANALYSIS AND STRUCTURE ACTIVITY RELATIONSHIP, TRIDEEP RAJALE