Journal of Undergraduate Research


novel g-protein, synaptic plasticity, Alzheimer's disease


Life Sciences


Physiology and Developmental Biology


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Alzheimer’s disease – infamously known for its patients’ loss of memory and other intellectual abilities – is the sixth most common cause of death in the United States. Sadly this is just one of many ailments people experience that result in learning and memory loss. Why do so many suffer from these neurodegenerative states? One fundamental problem is that the complex learning and remembering process is not well understood. A specific brain region called the hippocampus is involved in short-term declarative memory; however, many of its intricate signaling pathways that mediate this phenomenon need to be further studied.

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