Neural Mechanisms for Neuropathic Pain & Pain Perception: "Hitting the Reset Button"

Seminar Center for Excellence in the Neurosciences Seminar Series

Arthur Charles Riegel, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Neurosciences, Medical University of South Carolina

Dr. Riegel’s lab is interested in dopamine for its broad role in motor and motivational systems including cognition, attention and learning. They use experimental approaches in animals to investigate the synaptic brain circuitry tuned to support these behaviors and also investigate the related neuroadaptive changes (synaptic plasticity), which may underlie prevalent diseases such as Parkinson’s disease, psychosis, schizophrenia, and Tourette’s syndrome. Current research in his lab utilizes in vitro electrophysiology (whole cell patch clamp), calcium neuroimaging and uncaging (flash photolysis) in combination with behavioral self-administration to better understand the role of dopamine in normal and abnormal brain function.

Lunch will be provided.

Hosted by: Dr. Edward Bilsky

Biography

Dr. Arthur Riegel is an assistant professor in Neuroscience at the Medical University of South Carolina. He received a BA in Chemistry and Biochemistry from the University of Kansas and the University of Arizona, respectively. He then went on to obtain an MS in Pharmacology and a Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Toxicology from the University of Arizona. Dr. Riegel then went on to complete a postdoctoral fellowship in Neurophysiology at the National Institute on Drug Abuse in Baltimore, MD and then one in Cellular Neuroscience at the Vollum Institute in Portland, OR where he later became a research assistant professor.

Sponsors

Center for Excellence in Neurosciences

Contact

cen@une.edu

Dec132012
12:00 PM
Alfond Room 304

Biddeford Campus

Free and open to the public