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Neuroscience Certification Program Information

Neuroscience Certification Program Information

WTAMU Program in Neuroscience

Introduction

Students monitoring autonomic nervous system control of the heart.

Students monitoring autonomic nervous system control of the heart.

Neuroscience is the scientific study of the nervous system. It is an exciting, rapidly expanding field of study, research, and applications that combines knowledge from a variety of areas including medicine, psychology, molecular biology, animal behavior, physiology, anatomy, immunology, genetics, chemistry, pharmacology, engineering, and epidemiology.

As neuroscientists, we answer questions that range from how the brain functions and can it be repaired when it is damaged or diseased to how specific chemicals may impact molecular processes such as gene expression and cell signaling. We apply these questions to develop a greater understanding of how the nervous system normally functions, in addition to how disturbances in normal nerve function can lead to disease. We try to develop methods and instruments to help measure these functions of the nervous system and treatment them when they malfunction.

Our research at West Texas A&M University includes studies on a number of normal and abnormal functions of the nervous system and their treatment. Some research activities that students have been involved in are:

Biology

  • Eye-tracking and pupillometry

          Students using the eye-tracking machine
          Eye-tracking and pupillometry to monitor emotional response to visual and auditory stimuli.


  • Peripheral Nerve Pathology Diagnosis and Monitoring

          Evaluating a novel instrument to determine peripheral nerve sensitivity and neuropathy.  The instrument was built and evaluated at WTAMU.
          Evaluating a novel instrument to determine peripheral nerve sensitivity
           and neuropathy. The instrument was built and evaluated at WTAMU.

  • Autonomic Nervous System Effects on Organ Systems

          Evaluation of skin temperature response to various stimuli.
          Evaluation of skin temperature response to various stimuli.

  • Fatigue and Sleep Deprivation as it Relates to Work Performances

          Evaluating a “Fitness-for-Duty” fatigue monitor.
          Evaluating a “Fitness-for-Duty” fatigue monitor.

  • Personality Profile as a Predictor of Behavioral in Emergency Situation

  • Surface Electromyography

          Evaluation of dysphagia (difficulty swallowing) using surface electromyography.
          Evaluation of dysphagia (difficulty swallowing) using surface electromyography.

  • Body Image and Arthritis

          From this art...       Neuroscience art
          Use of art to monitor Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis: A Good Day / A Bad Day


  • Design and Build Biomedical Instrumentation

          WTAMU Engineering and Biology students that built and evaluate the novel vibration perception threshold instrument used to test peripheral nerve sensitivity.
          WTAMU Engineering and Biology students that built and evaluate the novel
           vibration perception threshold instrument used to test peripheral nerve sensitivity.

     

Communication Disorders

  • Electromyography
  • Nasometer-Measuring Nasality in Voice
  • Video Stroboscopy
  • FEES—Fiber Optic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing
  • Computer Speech Lab—Spectographic and Voice Analysis
  • Neuromuscular Electronic Stimulation

Psychology

  • Global Ischemia
  • Visual Spatial Function
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Motor Learning
  • Attentional Processes
  • Cognitive Processes
  • Decision Making
  • Brain Sectioning
  • Memory
  • Animal Surgery
  • Animal Learning and Memory Paradigms

 


The NeuroScience Certification Program

The intent of this program is to provide certification of students who have taken 18 or more credit hours in neuroscience. Certification in neuroscience on the student’s transcript will indicate that the student has a concentration of courses in neurosciences. Courses available for this certification can include:

BIOL 4340/5340—Neuroscience: Structure and functions of the human nervous system with emphases on functional and clinical aspects. Includes development of central nervous system, blood supply, sensory and motor systems, special senses, pain mechanisms, receptors and reflex pathways.

BIOL 4334—Animal Behavior: Behavior of non-human animals, behavior of vertebrates.

Monitoring multiple vital sign responses to the autonomic nervous system.

Monitoring multiple vital sign responses to the autonomic nervous system.

CD 4381—Neural Basis of Communication Disorders: Neuroscience and its application to aspects of normal and disordered communication.

CD 4335—Acquired Speech and Language Disorders: Introduction to acquired speech and language disorders across the life span.

PSYC 3320—Biological Psychology: Physiological mechanisms underlying basis psychological functions.

PSYC 4324—Psychopharmacology: Introduction to the field of psychopharmacology with emphasis on relationships between drugs, their mechanisms of action in the nervous system and human behavior.

PSYC 4325—Human Neuropsychology: Exploration of the relationship between structure and function of the human nervous system and behavior of both normal and impaired individuals.

AND, courses that are custom tailored to satisfy the specific interests of students in neuroscience that are not covered by the formal courses listed above. These include independent study, special topics, problems, and research courses.

 


Career Relevance

Student research presentation: American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (2007) at Washington, D.C.

Student research presentation: American Society for Pharmacology
and Experimental Therapeutics (2007) at Washington, D.C.

Research:

  • Neurophysiologists
  • Neuroanatomists
  • Neuropharmacologists
  • Psychologists


Healthcare:

  • Neurologists
  • Neurosurgeons
  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Speech and Hearing Pathologists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists

 


Student Presentations at National/International Scientific and Medical Meetings have included the following:

  • Wright, J. & Latman, N.S. 2011. “Monitoring peripheral neuropathy by the non-invasive VPT-60 System.” Amer. Soc. for Investigative Pathology. Washington, D.C.
  • Herb, E. & Latman, N.S. 2010. “Biometric iris recognition system evaluation.” Amer. Assoc. of Anatomists. Anaheim, CA.
          Student research presentation: American Association of Anatomists (2010) at Anaheim, CA.
  • Andrews, J.C., DeWitt, B., Czerwien, T.E., Bijelic, M., Latman, N.S. 2010. “Inaccuracies introduced by single width blood pressure cuffs.” Amer. Physiological Soc. Anaheim, CA.
          Student research presentation: American Physiological Society (2010) at Anaheim, CA.
  • Davis, W.M., Andrews, J.C., Herb, E., Lee, J.R., Latman, N.S., Bouma, C.L. 2010. “Accuracy and Reliability of Consumer Breath alcohol Analyzers.” Amer. Soc. for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics. Anaheim, CA.
          Student research presentation: American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (2010) at Anaheim, CA.
  • Tucker, K. & Latman, N.S. 2009. “Improved method for non-invasively monitoring peripheral neuropathy.” Amer. Assoc. of Anatomists. New Orleans, LA.
  • May, K. & Latman, N.S. 2008. “Evaluation of a novel vibration perception threshold instrument.” Amer. Soc. for Investigative Pathology. San Diego, CA.
          Student research presentation: American Society of Investigative Pathology (2008) at San Diego, CA.
  • Miller, M., Barnes, L. & Latman, N.S. 2007. “Evaluation of neuromuscular electronic stimulation on dysphagia.” Amer. Soc. for Investigative Pathology. Washington, D.C.
          Student research presentation: American Society of Investigative Pathology (2007) at Washington, D.C.
  • Van Houten, C., Van Houten, J. & Latman, N.S. 2007. “A human factors evaluation of stethoscopes.” Amer. Physiological Society. Washington, D.C.
          Student research presentation: American Physiological Society (2007) at Washington, D.C.
  • Dawkins, M., Watson, D., Miller, L., Lorenze, C. & Latman, N.S. 2006. “Evaluation of validity for a novel biomedical instrument measuring fatigue, sleep deprivation and performance capacity.” Amer. Physiological Society. San Francisco, CA.
          Student research presentation: American Physiological Society (2006) at San Francisco, CA.
  • Dillard, M., Boehning, C., Gomez, R. & Latman, N.S. 2006. “Evaluation of reliability of monofilaments to determine peripheral sensitivity and neuropathy.” Amer. Soc. for Investigative Pathology. San Francisco, CA.
  • Pham, D., Patton, A., Nicholson, A., van Blommestein, R. & Latman, N.S. 2006. “Evaluation of the reliability of the Bio-Thesiometer for peripheral sensitivity.” Amer. Soc. for Investigative Pathology. San Francisco, CA.
  • Davis, E. & Latman, N.S. 2005. “Accuracy, reliability, and human factors associated with self-monitoring of blood glucose.” Amer. Soc. for Investigative Pathology. San Diego, CA.
  • Miller, L., Miller, C. & Latman, N.S. 2005. “Correlation between the Bio-Thesiometer and Von Frey monofilaments.” Amer. Soc. for Investigative Pathology. San Diego, CA.
  • Latman, N.S., Adams, A., Fairbanks, E., Ehly, M., Artho, K., Trigo, L. & Meza, M. 2004. “Transport Canada Personality Profile, 2c.” Fourth Triennial International Fire & Cabin Safety Research Conference. Lisbon, Portugal.
  • Dudley, D., Clifton, A., Hollingworth, R., Sewell, T. & Latman, N.S. 2004. “Evaluation of portable breath alcohol analyzers for accuracy.” Amer. Soc. for Nutrition. Washington, D.C.

 


Publications in Peer-reviewed Scientific and Medical Journals have included the following:

  • Barnes, L. & Latman, N.S. 2011. “Acoustic measure of hormone affect on female voice during menstruation.” International J. Humanities and Social Science. 1(3):5-10.
  • Andrews, J.C., DeWitt, B., Czerwien, T.E., Bijelic, M. & Latman, N.S. 2011. “Inaccuracies introduced by single width blood pressure cuffs.” Hypertension Research. 34:209-211.
  • Van Houten, C., Van Houten, J. & Latman, N.S. 2008. “A human factors evaluation of stethoscopes.” J. ASTM International. 6(7):DOI:10.1520/JAI101717.
  • Barnes, L., Miller, L. & Latman, N.S. 2008. “Evaluation of neuromuscular electronic stimulation on dysphagia: A case study.” J. Clin. Engineering. 33(1):46-52.
  • Watson, A., Miller, L., Dawkins, M., Lorenz, C. & Latman, N.S. 2006. “Evaluation of Validity of the PMI FIT 2000-3 Fitness-for-Duty/Impairment Screener. J. Clin. Engineering. 31(4):206-212.
          Watson, A., Miller, L., Dawkins, M., Lorenz, C. & Latman, N.S. 2006. “Evaluation of Validity of the PMI FIT 2000-3 Fitness-for-Duty/Impairment Screener. J. Clin. Engineering. 31(4):206-212.
  • Davis, E. & Latman, N.S. 2005. “Accuracy, reliability, and human factors associated with self-monitoring of blood glucose.” J. Clin. Engineering. 30:83-90.


For Any Additional Information, Please Contact:

Dr. Neal S. Latman
Department of Life, Earth and Environmental Sciences
806-651-2962

Dr. Brenda Cross
Department of Communication Disorders
806-651-5108

Dr. Timothy Atchison
Department of Psychology, Sociology and Social Work
806-651-2729

 

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