'The effects of chronic pain on the glial response in the brain' - NSCI 396 Undergraduate Research Project Application Form.

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Supervisor's Name: M. Catherine Bushnell, Ph.D.

Supervisor's Email: catherine.bushnell [at] mcgill.ca

Supervisor's Phone: 514-398-3493

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Supervisor's department: Neuroscience

Course number: NSCI396 (Neuroscience)

Term: Fall 2011-2012

Project start date: Wednesday, September 1, 2011

Project end date: Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Project title: The effects of chronic pain on the glial response in the brain

Project description:

This project will be investigating the glial response in the rat brain 5 months after nerve injury. Chronic pain causes long-lasting changes in brain structure and function that is not well characterized at this stage. Theories include that chronic nerve damage causes a neuroinflammatory response in the brain, which may be mediated by glial cells that are proliferating and impacting upon structure and function.

During the course of this project, brain tissue that has been paraffin-embedded and sectioned will be immunohistochemically stained for GFAP (Glial fibrilliary acidic protein), a marker for astrocytes (a type of glia). Fluorescent and DAB (diaminobenzidine) visualization will be performed, and glial staining localized and quantified in regions of interest in the brain, including prefrontal, motor, sensory and limbic cortices. Image processing will be performed using ImagePro software, and cell counts and intensity levels quantified. Statistical analysis will be performed using GraphPad Prism software, and results incorporated into a manuscript for publishing.

Prerequisite: 1 term completed at McGill + CGPA of 3.0 or higher; or permission of instructor.

Grading scheme (The final report must be worth at least 50% of final grade): 40% Lab component, 60% report.

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Project status - This project is: Taken. The professor has no more '396' projects this term.

How students can apply: N/A; this project is filled.

Ethics, safety, and training: Supervisors are responsible for the ethics and safety compliance of undergraduate students. Which of the following, if any, is involved? Handling chemicals

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