Neuroscience Colloquium Speaker Series: Dr. Linda Parker

Friday, November 30, 2018
2:30 p.m.
360 Tory Building

Subject: Endocannabinoid/serotonin interactions in the regulation of nausea-induced conditioned gaping in rats.

Quick Biography:

Linda A. Parker is a Canada Research Chair in Behavioural Neuroscience and Professor of Psychology at the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada. She focuses her research on chemicals found naturally in the human body that mimic chemicals in marijuana, the endogenous cannabinoids (endocannabinoids).  These chemicals were only discovered in the 1990’s, yet they are now known to play a role not only in control of nausea and vomiting, but also in learning, memory, neuroprotection against stroke and cancer, appetite, reward and addiction.  Linda Parker’s program of research cuts across the traditional boundaries of psychology, pharmacology and neurobiology, contributing not only to understanding basis processes of learning, but also to how those processes impact on food selection, addiction and gastrointestinal malaise.