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Methamphetamine research review published in an online journal

Buck, J.M., and Siegel, J.A.  (2015).  The effects of adolescent methamphetamine exposure.  Front. Neurosci. 9:151.  doi: 10.3389/fnins.2015.00151

Senior Jordan Buck and Assistant Professor Jessica Siegel have published this literature mini-review paper with 37 references in Frontiers in Neuroscience … in the online journal’s Neuropharmacology research specialty, part of the research topic  Short- and long-term effects of methamphetamine.  Jordan is a biochemistry major with a minor in psychology;  he spent the summer of 2014 doing research in Dr. Siegel’s laboratory.  As is standard in this journal, they note that both were involved in the writing and conceptualization of the manuscript … and both contributed to the editing and approval of the final version.  They thank Alysse Schultheis for her intellectual contribution;  Alysse is a junior double major in Psychology and English with a minor in Neuroscience.

The paper was received 19 Jan 2015 and was “pending published” 17 Mar 2015;  it was accepted 14 Apr 2015 by journal Editor Jacob Raber, OHSU, USA following reviews by Doris Doudet, Aarhus University, Aarhus University Hospital, Denmark;  Panayotis Thanos, Brookhaven National Laboratory, USA;  and Habibeh Khoshbouei, University of Florida, USA.  The 10-page article submitted is available as a Provisional PDF [as of noon on April 28, it had been viewed 75 times];  fully formatted PDF and full text (HTML) versions will be available soon.

Abstract.  Methamphetamine use among adolescents is a significant social and public health concern. Despite increased awareness of methamphetamine use among younger people, relatively little research has examined the effects of adolescent methamphetamine use compared to adult use. Thus much remains to be learned about how methamphetamine alters adolescent brain function and behavior. In this article we review recent trends in adolescent methamphetamine use and data examining the effects of adolescent methamphetamine use on the dopaminergic system and behavior in humans and animal models. Future research is warranted to expand our understanding of the effects of adolescent methamphetamine exposure and how those effects differ from those seen in adults.

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