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 2021

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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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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

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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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

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

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MODELING OF AMBIENT GLUTAMATE CONCENTRATION MEASUREMENT IN THE MAMMALIAN NERVOUS SYSTEM, Denis M. Shchepakin, Michael Kavanaugh, and Leonid Kalachev

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