Sondheim Hall 503
Accepting new students for Fall 2013
Dr. Rabin's research interests focus on the use of a ground-based model to study the effects of exposure to galactic cosmic rays (GCR) on central nervous system function and on behavior. Rats are exposed to heavy particles, which are components of GCR, using the alternating gradient synchrotron at Brookhaven National Laboratory. Following exposure, rats are evaluated for changes in brain function, e.g., deficits in neurotransmitter release or increased oxidative stress, and related changes in behavior, e.g., operant responding or cognitive performance. This research is supported by the National Aeronautic and Space Administration because astronauts on exploratory class missions to other planets will be exposed to GCR and this exposure can affect both their health and performance.
Rabin, B. M., Joseph,, J. A. And Shukitt-Hale, B. (2003) Long-term changes in amphetamine-induced reinforcement and aversion in rats following exposure to 56Fe particles. Advances in Space Research, 31: 127-133.
Shukitt-Hale, B., Casadesus, G., Cantuti-Castelvetri, I., Rabin, B. M., and Joseph, J. A. (2003). Cognitive deficits induced by 56Fe radiation exposure. Advances in Space Research, 31: 119-126.
Denisova, N., Shukitt-Hale, B., Rabin, B. M., Joseph, J. A. (2002). Brain signaling and behavioral responses induced by exposure to 56Fe radiation. Radiation Research, 158: 725-734.
Rabin, B. M., Shukitt-Hale, B., Szprengiel, A., and Joseph, J. A. (2002). Effects of heavy particle irradiation and diet on amphetamine- and lithium chloride-induced taste avoidance learning in rats. Brain Research, 953: 31-36.
Rabin, B. M., Buhler, L. L., Joseph, J. A., Shukitt-Hale, B. & Jenkins, D. G. (2002). Effects of exposure to 56Fe particles or protons on fixed-ratio operant responding in rats. Journal of Radiation Research, 43 (Suppl.): S225
Rabin, B. M., Shukitt-Hale, B., Joseph, J. A., & Denissova,
N. (2001. Effects of exposure to 56Fe particles on the acquisition
of a conditioned place preference in rats. Physica Medica, 27 (Suppl.