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SSA could not be possible without the generous support of Drs. Herbert A. and Betty Lou Lubs and the Science, Society, and the Arts Research Conference Endowment. We are deeply grateful!
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Friday, March 17 • 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Easel 57: Comparison between the Expression of Behaviors that 'Model' Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) in Female versus Male Rats

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Although the role of sex and gender on medicine has been acknowledged for some time, there has been no transference of this appreciation for differences between sexes in animal research. Animal models of psychiatric disorders serve as invaluable research tools for the development of new avenues of treatment in humans. Thus, the reliance on male-only subjects in animal research, often on the principle that female subjects risk confounding data as their hormone levels are continuously oscillating, is bad practice. The new appreciation for the limitations of this single-gender approach when investigating psychiatric disorders, which often presents equally in both male and female humans, such as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, inspired this study. Our research team is evaluating potential gender differences in a promising novel model of OCD by comparing the expression of “OCD-like” behaviors in female (n=16) versus male (n=11) rats in the Hole Board, Marble Arena, and Elevated Plus Maze.


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