Event Title

The Role of Ketamine in Neuroprotection from Closed Head Injuries

Presenter Information

Peter Wirth, Colby CollegeFollow

Location

Parker-Reed, SSWAC

Start Date

1-5-2014 1:00 PM

End Date

1-5-2014 2:00 PM

Project Type

Poster

Description

Our study aims to evaluate the efficacy of ketamine, an NMDA antagonist, as a neuroprotective agent for closed head injuries. One mechanism of neuronal injury induced by head trauma is via excessive excitatory neurotransmission that leads to cell dysfunction and death. Ketamine may alleviate this injurious cascade because it blocks excitatory neurotransmission in the brain. In this way, then, it may mitigate the deficits common in closed head injuries.

Sponsoring Department

Colby College. Psychology Dept.

CLAS Field of Study

Social Sciences

Event Website

http://www.colby.edu/clas

ID

167

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The Role of Ketamine in Neuroprotection from Closed Head Injuries

Parker-Reed, SSWAC

Our study aims to evaluate the efficacy of ketamine, an NMDA antagonist, as a neuroprotective agent for closed head injuries. One mechanism of neuronal injury induced by head trauma is via excessive excitatory neurotransmission that leads to cell dysfunction and death. Ketamine may alleviate this injurious cascade because it blocks excitatory neurotransmission in the brain. In this way, then, it may mitigate the deficits common in closed head injuries.

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