Title

Neurotoxicity: Are men and women really the same?

Date

5-28-2015 2:30 PM

End Time

28-5-2015 3:10 PM

Location

Natural Sciences (NS) 101

Department

Chemistry

Session Chair

Arlene Courtney

Session Title

Chemistry Capstone Seminars

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Arlene Courtney

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

It’s often joked that women can’t hold their liquor, but did any of the jokesters ever think that maybe this is biologically true? Many studies have been done on neurotoxicity and toxic substances, but very few of said studies looked at gender specific effects of these toxins. There are subtle and not so subtle differences in brain functions between men and women and the question is, do these differences lead to different effects when exposed to toxins? The answer is yes. If neurotoxins react differently for different genders, then symptoms could be different, and the problem could be incorrectly identified or not identified in time. Because of this growing concern, recent research has been focused in this area to see how different genders react to different toxins ranging from alcohol to lead.

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Neurotoxicity: Are men and women really the same?

Natural Sciences (NS) 101

It’s often joked that women can’t hold their liquor, but did any of the jokesters ever think that maybe this is biologically true? Many studies have been done on neurotoxicity and toxic substances, but very few of said studies looked at gender specific effects of these toxins. There are subtle and not so subtle differences in brain functions between men and women and the question is, do these differences lead to different effects when exposed to toxins? The answer is yes. If neurotoxins react differently for different genders, then symptoms could be different, and the problem could be incorrectly identified or not identified in time. Because of this growing concern, recent research has been focused in this area to see how different genders react to different toxins ranging from alcohol to lead.