Abstract #50: Modern Glyoxal fixation in Light and Electron Microscopy

Jailenne I. Quiñones-Rodriguez and Thomas Schikorski Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Universidad Central del Caribe, School of Medicine, Bayamón, Puerto Rico Chemical fixation is nearly indispensable in the biological sciences, especially in circumstances where cryo-fixation is not applicable. While universally employed for the preservation of cell organization, chemical fixatives often introduce artifacts that can […]

Abstract #49: COBRE Phase 2 Neuroplasticity Center: Its Neuroimaging & Electrophysiology Facility (NIEF) Core and Pilot/Seed Programs for Neuroscientists in Puerto Rico

Miranda JD, Bismark M, Silva WI, Miller MM and Lasalde J UPR-Medical Science Campus, UPR-Rio Piedras Campus, Molecular Science Research Center and Institute of Neurobiology The COBRE Phase 2 Neuroplasticity Center at the UPR defines pathways and benchmarks for basic and translational research to ensure the sustained growth and evolution of a program that will […]

Abstract #48: Processing Goal Directed Navigation

Sabrina Santos De León, Michael Starrett, PhD, and Liz Chrastil, PhD Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto Río Piedras, University of California, Irvine (UC Irvine) Spatial Navigation and awareness play an important aspect in memory, learning, attention, and decision making. It is already known that novel environments pose a challenge for subject exploration; however, the characterization […]

Abstract #47: Executive function deficits in juvenile mice exposed to diesel exhaust particles

Hector J. Rosa, Karla M. Casillas, Loyda B. Méndez Division of Science & Technology, Universidad Ana G. Méndez – Recinto de Carolina, Puerto Rico Epidemiological studies have found associations between exposure to ambient particulate matter (PM) and adverse neurocognitive outcomes. Children are particularly vulnerable to the effects of ambient PM since their CNS is still […]

Abstract #46: Diesel exhaust particles induces inflammatory responses in mice with executive functions deficits

Nicole A. Pagán, Génesis D. Rivera, Amanda Mojica, Héctor J. Rosa, Karla M. Casillas, Loyda B. Méndez Division of Science & Technology, Universidad Ana G. Méndez -Recinto de Carolina, Puerto Rico Epidemiological studies have reported associations between air pollution exposure and impairments in children cognition. Executive functions are neurocognitive processes that require control and direction, […]

Abstract #45: Niveles de Actividad Física y Memoria de trabajo en un Grupo de Adolescentes de Puerto Rico

Lopez-Navarro, Brayan Ponce Health Sciences University La actividad física es cualquier movimiento corporal producido por los músculos esqueléticos, ello incluye las actividades realizadas al trabajar, jugar, viajar, realizar tareas domésticas y actividades recreativas. La actividad física es de importancia para mantener un estilo de vida saludable, prevenir enfermedades crónicas y fortalecer la capacidad cognitiva que […]

Abstract #44: Identification of gene variants in Puerto Rican Patients with Anxiety and Depression

Fernando Vera-Urbina¹, Jessica Renta-Torres², Jorge Duconge-Soler ³ and Bianca A. Torres-Hernández³ 1 University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras; Faculty of Natural Sciences 2 University of Puerto Rico; Department of Biochemistry, School of Medicine, Medical Sciences Campus 3 University of Puerto Rico; Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, School of Pharmacy, Medical Sciences Campus Introduction: Anxiety and […]

Abstract #43: Exposure to a glyphosate-based herbicide increases anxiety-like behaviors in Rats

S. Rodríguez-Rosado, M. Cáceres-Chacón, A. Figueroa-Pérez, H. Haddock-Martínez, G. Hernández-Busot, M. Rivera-López, O. Martínez-Guzmán, D. Sierra-Mercado Dept. of Anatomy and Neurobiology., University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, San Juan, PR Glyphosate-based herbicides (GBH) are the most commonly used herbicides worldwide. Glyphosate was initially considered safe for mammals because it acts by inhibiting a metabolic […]

Abstract #42: The role of the endocannabinoid and serotonergic functional interactions within the limbic system in depression-like behaviors in rats

*Astrid P. Ramos-Rolón, Wickensonn Norze, Paula A. Muñoz-Rodríguez, Amanda I. Rodríguez-Leon, Paola Eusebio Severino, Kristie M. Torres-Montero, Keimarie Berrios-Rodríguez, Alexander I. Acevedo-Jetter, Valeria M. Schleier-Albino, Miciely C. Aponte-Reyes, C. S. Maldonado-Vlaar University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras, Department of Biology, PO BOX 23360, San Juan, Puerto Rico. 1 University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras, Department of Biology, […]

Abstract #41: Deep Brain Stimulation Shortens Extinction of Persistent Morphine Seeking

Lloret-Torres Mario E ¹, Martinez-Rivera Freddyson J ², Barreto-Estrada Jennifer L ¹ 1 University of Puerto Rico, Medical Science Campus, San Juan, Puerto Rico 2 Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York City Opiate addiction is a chronic relapsing disorder characterized by compulsive drug use and drug seeking regardless of negative consequences. In […]