Quentin J. Pittman
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Research and teaching
Our lab has several research interests and employs multiple approaches to investigate neuronal function at levels ranging from the entire organism to the single cell. We benefit from numerous collaborations with colleagues in nearby laboratories.
We study the influence of peripheral inflammation in rodent pups on adult behavior, physiology, and pharmacology. Approaches include behavioral and EEG analysis, Western blot and ELISA measurements of numerous synaptic proteins, quantitative PCR, immunohistochemistry and patch clamp recordings in brain slices. Associated with this project is a study of febrile seizures and their long term effects (carried out with Dr Morris Scantlebury and Richard Wilson).
We are also interested in the mechanisms underlying co-morbid behaviors during inflammatory disease. Thus, we utilize animal models of colitis, Multiple Sclerosis, arthritis and liver disease to explore difference in neuronal function in these disease models.
- Fellow, American Physiological Society,
- Fellow, Canadian Academy of Health Science,
- Fellow, Royal Society of Canada