A collaboration between two professors and four students at the University of North Georgia's (UNG) Dahlonega Campus produced a manuscript that will be published by the journal Elsevier.
The manuscript, "Prenatal exposure to psychostimulants increases impulsivity, compulsivity, and motivation for rewards in adult mice," was a preclinical study investigating the effects of prenatal exposure to methamphetamine and methylphenidate (Ritalin) on adult behavior.
The manuscript was produced by Drs. Steve Lloyd and Ryan Shanks, and the work was done as a part of independent studies by biology and psychology students at UNG over the past three years.
The students, who are also co-authors, are Corina Oltean, Heather Pass, Brian Phillips, and Kayla Staton. Other students who contributed to the manuscript and recognized in the acknowledgements are Esmeralda Gonzalez, Amanda Helton, Anna Herdliska, Steven Jett, Thomas Pass, and several others.
The project was supported by Dr. Jespersen, dean of the College of Arts & Letters, Dr. Bodri, dean of the College of Science & Mathematics, and funds from the Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (CURCA).
Of the publication of their manuscript, Shanks said, "We are very excited about the impact this publication will have on the field of behavioral neuroscience with regards to prenatal exposure to two drugs of abuse."
Drs. Shanks and Lloyd are currently in the process of following up this study by looking at the molecular mechanism behind the long term behavioral alterations with additional research students at UNG.
To learn more about the manuscript and study that will be published, click here.