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Abstract #4341

High field MRI in-vivo setup for observing brain plasticity in Eastern Fenced Lizards

Yee Eun Kim1, Thomas Neuberger2, Gangchea Lee1, and Lara LaDage3

1PSU, University Park, PA, United States, 2HUCK Institute, PSU, University Park, PA, United States, 3PSU, Altoona, PA, United States

In this work, Eastern Fenced lizards, a non-model species known for high neurogenesis, were used to explore the extent of adult brain plasticity after exposing the animals to a complex environment and inmates. To conduct this study a MR setup for in-vivo lizard imaging was designed, constructed and tested. High resolution baseline in-vivo three dimensional lizard brain MR microscopy data sets were acquired and analyzed. The high quality of the images will allow to detect any brain volume changes after exposing the lizards to the enriched environment and having them scanned a second time.

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