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 2024

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Brains & Bilingualism: Overlapping Grammar in Aphasia Research (OGAR), Anya M. Craig, Ashlynn Everett, Jeremy Yeaton, Jenna Griffin-Musick, and Catherine Off

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Effects of Temperature on the Pison Neural Monitor, Andrew C. Engellant, Alejandro H. Rosales, Jessica L. Moler, Alice L. Held, and P. James Straw

Traumatic Posterior Hip Dislocation in an Adolescent Football Player: A Case Report, Rachel Erin Freeman

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Calcium regulation of ER to Golgi protein transport in neuronal cells, Samuel A. Galindo

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Calcium and Proteasomal Regulation of ER-to-Golgi Protein Transport in Neurons, Samuel A. Galindo

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NEURAL ENCODING OF SOCIAL BEHAVIOR IN THE DORSAL ANTERIOR CINGULATE CORTEX OF OCTODON DEGUS, Patrick David Hanni

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Exploration of Sensory Processing Disorder through Movement, Mia R. Johns

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The Role of Calcium in the Neural Stem Cell Development, Asher Blue Swan Adams

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Once a Loser, Always a Loser: Effects of Social Defeat in Fruit Flies, Erin Szalda-Petree, DeAnna Cuello, and Wyatt Ploot

Artifact from 2023

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The Role of SERCA in Neural Development and Brain Tumors, Hannah M. Christman

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The role of SERCA in neural development and brain tumors, Hannah Madison Christman

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GLI Weekly, October 17, 2023, Franke Global Leadership Initiative

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GLI Weekly, October 31, 2023, Franke Global Leadership Initiative

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GLI Weekly, September 26, 2023, Franke Global Leadership Initiative

A Disease-Causing Mutation in the Human GABA Transporter SLC6A1, Alessandra Jester, Gregory Leary, Lauren Cornelison, Leonid Kalachev, Richard J. Bridges, and Michael Kavanaugh

A Disease-Causing Mutation in the Human GABA Transporter SLC6A1, Alessandra Jester, Gregory Leary, Lauren Cornelison, Leonid Kalachev, Richard Bridges, and MIchael Kavanaugh

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pH Regulator Ae2 is Important for Brain Development, Celia Elizabeth Keil

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Cervical Disk Rupture in a Collegiate Football Player: A Case Study, Hannah Kuracina Mx., Karl Reisig DR., and Benjamin Smith DO.

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Water Lake and Other Stories, Allison Rose Levy

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A Comparison of Divergence in Non-Introgressing Genes Across a Chickadee Hybrid Zone, Eliana K. Lowe

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Comparing Differences for Non-Introgressing Genes in Chickadees, Eliana Lowe, Scott A. Taylor, Georgy Semenov, and Rena Schweizer

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Metabolic Versatility in Melainabacteria, a Close Relative of Cyanobacteria, Sophia Marie Miller, Kathryn Alexandra Bick, and Heidi E. Abresch

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The neuronal calcium sensor NCS-1 regulates the phosphorylation state and activity of the Gα chaperone and GEF Ric-8A, Daniel Muñoz-Reyes, Levi J. McClelland, Sandra Arroyo-Urea, Sonia Sánchez-Yepes, Juan Sabín, Sara Pérez-Suárez, Margarita Menendez, Alicia Mansilla, Javier García-Nafría, Stephen Sprang, and Maria Jose Sanchez-Barrena

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Inhibitory Signaling From a Critical Hub Neuron Drives Behavior Selection and Frequency, Wyatt T. Ploot

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Behavior Prioritization In Drosophila, Erin Szalda-Petree and Ellis McKean

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Episode 109: Nothing in biology makes sense except through time (with Kevin Mitchell), Art Woods and Marty Martin

Submissions from 2022

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Synthetic anion foldamers utilizing halogen bonding, Madeleine Rose Boller

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Utilizing Vertical Sensors In Collegiate Volleyball Landing Impact Force And Jump Height Analysis, Zebadiah P. Boos

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A Solution To An Open Problem In Random Graph Theory, John Finlay

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FUNCTIONAL AND PHARMACOLOGICAL CHARACTERIZATION OF GLUN3-CONTAINING NMDA RECEPTORS, Nirvan Rouzbeh

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Nirvan Rouzbeh (Ph.D.)Neuroscience, University of Montana--Missoula. Graduate School

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Episode 090: Fabricated images threaten the integrity of Alzheimer’s research (with Charles Piller), Art Woods and Marty Martin

Theses/Dissertations from 2021

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The Effect of Test Difficulty on Perceived Memory Performance, Phoebe S. Bean

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Female Caregivers of Male Glioblastoma Patients Experience PTSD, Emily E. Burke

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Effect of home-based Tai Chi, Yoga or conventional balance exercise on functional balance and mobility among persons with idiopathic Parkinson's disease: An experimental study, Arva Mufaddal Gadly, Brammatha Pandian, and Arul Selvan Dr.

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Cognitive Reserve and Sex Differences in an Alzheimer's Disease Population, Emily Hicks, Genna Mashinchi, and Hannes Heppner

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Using C. elegans as a Model Organism to Study Genes linked to Alzheimer’s, Ketch Jacobson

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INVESTIGATIONS ON NOVEL CYP26A1/B1 INHIBITOR, DX308: USING atRA RESPONSE AS A THERAPUTIC TARGET FOR TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY AND PARKINSON’S DISEASE, Jacob Morgan Leatherwood

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CALCIUM SIGNALING AND ALG-2 IN THE REGULATION OF CONSTITUTIVE SECRETION, John Robert Sargeant

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The Effectiveness of Prescribed Physical Activity for the Treatment of Post-Concussive Symptoms in an Athletic Population: A Systematic Review., Kayla B. Schmidt and Nicholas Costa

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Episode 057: Georgia O'Keeffe and the Red Queen: Ecosystem services via coevolution, Art Woods and Marty Martin

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Episode 058: Finding our voice: the neurobiology of vocal learning, Art Woods and Marty Martin

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Episode 070: The virus and the vegan: How the brain gains inference, Art Woods and Marty Martin

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Episode 071: A Tattoo on the Brain: The neurobiology of Alzheimer's disease, Art Woods and Marty Martin

Submissions from 2020

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Behavioral Impacts of the Gut Microbiome on Drosophila melanogaster, Ashley May Bielawski

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Characterizing the requirements for the matricellular protein, dCCN, in nervous system function, Elizabeth L. Catudio Garrett

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DETECTING SIMULATED MEMORY IMPAIRMENT IN COLLEGE STUDENTS WITH THE PROGRESSIVE VISUAL MEMORY TEST (PVMT): VALIDATION OF A NEW TEST OF PERFORMANCE VALIDITY, Brook Elizabeth Clark

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Investigation of Novel CYP26 Inhibitor for Treatment of Traumatic Brain Injury, Jacob M. Leatherwood

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Prion protein lowering is a disease-modifying therapy across prion disease stages, strains and endpoints, Eric Vallabh Minikel, Hien T. Zhao, Jason Le, Jill O'Moore, Rose Pitstick, Samantha Graffam, George A. Carlson, and Michael P. Kavanaugh

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THE NMDA RECEPTOR COAGONISTS L-GLUTAMATE AND D-SERINE, Denis Mikhailovich Shchepakin

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Investigating the Underlying Mechanisms Responsible for the Effectiveness of Behavioral Cough Suppression Therapy, Laurie Slovarp, Jane Reynolds, and Sarah Popp

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COMPUTER MODELLING OF NEUROTOXICITY AND AUDITORY PROCESSING DISORDER IN THE RAT AFTER CHRONIC LEAD INTOXICATION, Silas Brewer Smith

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Episode 037: Loading the Dice, Art Woods and Marty Martin

Submissions from 2019

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Behavioral Impacts of the Gut Microbiome on Drosophila Melanogaster, Ashley M. Bielawski

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Behavioral Impacts of Octopamine Release on a Global vs. Local Scale, Thomas Bisom, Elizabeth L. Catudio-Garrett, L. Sherer, and Sarah J. Certel

Development of stuttering following a sport related concussion in an 18 year-old football athlete: A case study, Matt Buckner

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Cognitive Impacts of Age Based Stereotype Threat in Older Adults, Cali Caughie

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NEGATIVE ALLOSTERIC MODULATION OF NMDA RECEPTORS WITH GLUN2A GAIN-OF-FUNCTION MUTATIONS, Jill Christine Farnsworth

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CELL SIGNALING PATHWAYS IN CONTROL OF NEUROBLASTOMA AND HUMAN NEURAL CREST DEVELOPMENT, Lauren Elizabeth Foltz

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Effect of PAG1 on Src-Family Kinase Trafficking in Neuroblastoma Exosomes, Makenzie E. Mayfield

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Effects of PAG1 on Src-family kinase trafficking in neuroblastoma cells, Makenzie E. Mayfield

Comparing the Acute Effects of Cryostretching to Traditional Hold-Relax PNF Stretching on Hamstring Flexibility: A pilot project, Mckayla McNamara

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The Impact of Salient Naming Targets During Aphasia Therapy, Kathy Kay Molesh

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The Impact of Salient Naming Targets during Aphasia Therapy, Kathy Kay Molesh, Catherine Off Ph.D., Craig McFarland Ph.D., and Jenna Griffin M.S.

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Investigating the Underlying Mechanisms Responsible for the Effectiveness of Behavioral Cough Therapy, Sarah M. Popp

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THE ALPHABACK: A NOVEL PROCESSING SPEED TEST, Meredith Kathleen Reynolds

Neurocognitive Test Scores on Athletes Diagnosed with ADHD and Their Return to Play Following Sport Related Concussion: A Systematic Review, Nate Schieffert

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Applications of Asymptotic Methods: Analyzing Mathematical Models in Neuroscience and Describing Fast Dynamics of a Trajectory in the Vicinity of a Chaotic Attractor, Denis Mikhailovich Shchepakin

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MODELING OF EXCITATORY AMINO ACID TRANSPORTERS AND CLEARANCE OF SYNAPTIC CLEFT ON MILLISECOND TIME SCALE, Denis M. Shchepakin, Leonid Kalachev, and Michael Kavanaugh

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Investigating the Role of Oxidative Stress in Mediating Excitotoxicity Following in vitro Ischemic/Reperfusion Insult, Isabella Sturgeon and Moira Shea

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Episode 025: Dopamine Unto Others, Art Woods and Marty Martin

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Episode 027: Flight of the Ur-Sect, Art Woods and Marty Martin

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Episode 029: Lick Your Kids, Art Woods and Marty Martin

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Episode 030: Know Your 'Ome, Art Woods and Marty Martin

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Psychonaut Neurodiversity, Glen Woodworth

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ADAPTIVE POTENTIAL TO CAMOUFLAGE MISMATCH: PLASTIC AND EVOLUTIONARY RESPONSES TO A CLIMATE CHANGE STRESSOR, Marketa Zimova

Submissions from 2018

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DLC-1 Over-Expression and Growth Inhibition in Saccharomyces Cerevisiae, Ella B. Baumgarten

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Effect of Neuromodulation of Short-Term Plasticity on Information Processing in Hippocampal Interneuron Synapses, Elham Bayat Mokhtari

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Regulation of neuron growth and development by the matricellular protein dCCN, Elizabeth L. Catudio-Garrett

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EXPLORING THE LIGAND-DEPENDENT CONFORMATIONAL ENSEMBLE OF PPARγ: MORE THAN A MOUSETRAP, Ian Michael Chrisman

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Adjunctive Triple Chronotherapy in the Acute Treatment of Depression and Suicidality, Nicholas Coombs

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Exploring the role of a novel RpoD protein in Borrelia burgdorferi, Bethany Crouse

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Exploring the role of a novel "σ" ^70 protein in Borrelia burgdorferi, Bethany Crouse

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Event Related Electrical Potentials Recorded From The Brain Prior To The Initiation Of Speech, Hannah N. Hansen, Ethan Germann, and Samantha McNeely

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Modeling of glutamate transporters and receptors, Denis M. Shchepakin

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Helping Children Deal with Fear and Anxiety, John Sommers-Flanagan and Sara Polanchek

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

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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