Recently, we started to work on our independent projects. I knew I wanted my project to relate to the nervous system in some way. After a lot of researching and brainstorming, I decided I wanted to focus on drugs that are linked to cognitive impairment.
So, for my independent project I am studying the effects of Zantac on the fly nervous system. Zantac is a drug used to treat heartburn and other gastrointestinal issues. Zantac is a drug that blocks acetylcholine (a neurotransmitter) which in turn can block neuron signaling over time. I wanted to see how long and how much Zantac it takes to have adverse effects on the nervous system. To test the effect of Zantac, I am using locomotion assays and the proboscis extension response (PER) assay. These assays will allow me to see the drug’s effect on both sensory and motor function. I can’t wait to see how my independent project turns out and for what's in store for the rest of TRIP!