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Friday, March 17 • 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Easel 14: Cycling Female Rats Are Resistant to Diet Induced Obesity Cognitive Impairments

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It has been well established that diet induced obesity can lead to cognitive impairment, however the majority of this research has only been done in male rats. In this study, we investigated the effects of a high fat high sugar diet (HFHS) in cycling female rats. To assess spatial memory, the Novel Object Recognition (NOR) Task was employed. The Open Field (OF) Test was also conducted in order to observe anxiety levels in rats. Interestingly, there was no observed effect in either of these tasks that suggested obese female rats fare worse than control rats, regardless of cycles. This is in contrast with other studies that have used these tasks to show cognitive deficits occurring in male rats. This may suggest that the female rats are protected from memory impairment due to diet induced obesity.

Friday March 17, 2017 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Leyburn Library