Assist in determining how exercise helps individuals recover from addiction and how we can personalize exercise to allow for a high rate of success.
Our Behavioral Neuropharmacology and Neuroimaging laboratory is interested in drug addiction and exercise’s role as a form of treatment. Exercise have been proven to have many health benefits including improving mental health, decreasing risk of heart disease and helping stabilize blood sugar levels. In our research we have seen exercise as an effective preventative measure against addiction. To help increase the success of recovery from addiction our focus is to create customizable exercise regimens that are the most effective for individuals. To achieve this goal, we first need to understand the mechanism in which exercise and drugs of abuse interact. Our lab has many exercise experiments lined up; in particular, we will be investigating the effects of estrogen and testosterone on exercise proficiency in rodents. We will also be analyzing the neurochemical changes in rodent brains after different exercise regimens and drug exposure. We are looking for students who can assist with brain imagining analysis as well as animal behavioral testing.
This project will provide students with the opportunity to write and submit abstract/posters as well as peer reviewed research papers.
|Length of commitment||Year long (10-12 months)|
|Level of collaboration||Small group project (2-3 students)|
|Who is eligible||All undergraduate students|
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