Asst. Prof. Fernandez Published in the Journal Neuropharmacology

Submitted by Michael Bruckler on May 09, 2019 - 12:24 pm
May 09, 2019
By Michael Bruckler

Gina Marie Fernandez, assistant professor of psychology, has co-authored a paper published in the journal Neuropharmacology.

 

In “General Anesthetic Exposure in Adolescent Rats Causes Persistent Maladaptations in Cognitive and Affective Behaviors and Neuroplasticity,” Fernandez examines evidence that indicates that exposure to general anesthetics during infancy and childhood can cause persistent cognitive impairment, alterations in synaptic plasticity, and increased incidence of behavioral disorders.

 

Her data demonstrate that the developmental window for susceptibility to enduring untoward effects of general anesthetics may be much longer than previously appreciated, and those effects may include affective behaviors in addition to cognition.

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