Ivette is a doctoral student in the biopsychology program, currently researching how social housing conditions have an effect on motivation for methamphetamine. Last month Ivette attended the Winter Conference on Brain Research (WCBR) in Snowmass, Colorado.
The mission of the Winter Conference on Brain Research (WCBR) is to provide a forum for the dissemination of all aspects of neuroscience at an annual meeting that offers cutting-edge science informal sessions within a relaxed networking environment amenable to all. To achieve this mission, the WCBR focuses on the following three sub goals:
To exchange neuroscience research between a broad and diverse audience of neuroscientists through panels, short courses, and posters on basic, clinical, and translational findings at all levels from molecular to behavioral.
To increase diversity in neuroscience including, but not limited to, the provision of financial support for junior investigators.
To provide education in neuroscience to physicians and other healthcare professionals through continuing medical education, and to lay audiences through outreach activities.
During the conference Ivette had the opportunily to network with other graduate students and professors that specialize in neuroscience. She was also able to try skiing for the first time and it was one of her favorite parts of the conference.
The project that Ivette shared at the conference looked at how dopamine release is affected in socially housed animals vs individually housed animals in both males and female rats. This work is important to be able to help understand how social factors, such as having a social partner and sex, play a role in the attenuation of addiction to methamphetamine.