Graduate Alumni Research Award: Karlene Barrett

On May 2, 2011 by Grad Forum

In honor of  Graduate Appreciation Week, the Graduate News Forum will be highlighting the recipients of the 2010 Graduate Alumni Research Awards throughout the week.  Applications for the 2011 Graduate Alumni Research Awards are due on May 5th.

barrett_feature_editedSerotonin and the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the sudden death of an infant during a sleep period, which remains unexplained after autopsy and examination of the death scene and medical history.  Abnormalities in the serotonin system (a neurotransmitter released from cells arising in the brainstem) have been found in about seventy percent of SIDS cases studied, but whether these changes are the cause of sudden death is unknown.  My research investigates how various manipulations of the serotonin system affect cardio-respiratory control during early development.  The Graduate Alumni Research award has allowed me to use high performance liquid chromatography to begin to characterize changes in the levels of serotonin and other neurotransmitters in the brainstems of transgenic mice developed for these studies.

Learn more about the Graduate Alumni Research Awards here.

By Karlene Barrett

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