University of Wisconsin - Green Bay


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Amanda Nelson

Amanda Nelson




Spring 2013

"Effects of Chronic Exercise Training on Glucocorticoid Levels and Neuroplasticity in Cardiorespiratory and Locomotor Centers of the Brain. Does a Dose-Response Relationship Exist?"

Grant in Aid of Research




Spring 2011

"Pilot Study - Effects of Exercise Training on Dendritic Morphology in the Cardiorespiratory and Locomotor Centers of the Spontaneously Hypertensive Rat"

Grant in Aid of Research

Final Report: "This letter serves as a follow-up report to the Spring 2011 Grant in Aid of Research award I received titled “Effects of Exercise Training on Dendritic Morphology in the Cardiorespiratory and Locomotor Centers of the Spontaneously Hypertensive Rat”. Due to the timing of the award and need to travel to Dallas, TX to complete the project, I requested an extension which was granted by Dr. John Katers (Research Council chair). Funds were used to travel to Dr. Gary Iwamoto’s lab at the University of Texas Southwest Medical Center from May 15-19, 2012 to section nervous tissue obtained from spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR). Funds were also used to purchase expendable supplies to mount and stain coronal sectioned brain tissue on microscope slides. We had the opportunity to process 12 SHR brains and plan to process the remaining brains in May 2013. After all of the brains have been processed, a 1-2 year microscopic analyses of the specified areas of the brain (periaqueductal gray, posterior hypothalamus, nucleus tractus solitarius, and cuneiform nucleus) will be required before obtaining tangible results. I have analyzed the periaqueductal gray in four animals and obtained preliminary results which suggest that dendritic fields are affected by clinical conditions, such as hypertension. If our results are conclusive, the next step will be to implement an exercise training protocol in SHR and investigate whether or not neuroplasticity exits. I want to thank the Research Council for granting my request for an extension and providing the financial support to allow me to grow as a scholar. The finances gained through this program have allowed me to offer valuable research experiences to human biology students pursuing careers in the health sciences and continue my collaboration with a trusted and valued colleague."


Spring 2010

"Sectioning and Processing Neural Tissue Previously Stained Using a Modified Golgi-Cox Procedure"

Grant in Aid of Research


Fall 2008

"Stress, Glucocorticoids and Structural Plasticity in Cardiorespiratory and Locomotor Centers of the Brain"

Grant in Aid of Research