Two UNG professors and two former students have published a paper in the Bulletin of Experimental Biology and Medicine, a national peer-reviewed journal.
The paper, “Amphetamine and Methamphetamine Have a Direct and Differential Effect on BV2 Microglia Cells,” was co-written by Dr. Ryan Shanks, associate professor of biology, Dr. Steve Lloyd, assistant professor of psychology, and former students J.R. Anderson and J.R. Taylor.
“This study deals with toxicity to stimulant drugs,” Shanks said. “While it is well understood that methamphetamine can kill neurons in certain parts of the brain, effects on other cell types are less well-understood. In this study, we investigated the effect of methamphetamine and amphetamine on microglia cells, which are a type of immune cell found in the brain.”
Shanks also said there are current students working on additional research questions using this paper as a basis for their work.