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Snail's Drug Use Oozes Its Way into Journal of Experimental Biology

October 2006
ETD's Kathleen Carter's research on cocaine-addicted snails' learning ability used for her master's degree project was accepted to the Journal of Experimental Biology. Kathleen studied how addictive drugs, like cocaine, hijack normal processes of learning. In the year-long study, approximately 1,000 snails were subjected to low and high doses of cocaine and put through conditioning tests to check memory lapses. Her research laid the foundation for a new model to study how drugs of abuse influence the cellular mechanisms of learning and memory. In May 2006, Kathleen received her master's degree in neuroscience from Washington State University. An ETD limited term employee, Kathleen's current research includes Chinook salmon migration through the Columbia River basin.

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