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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 18, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 38 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Wednesday, July 18, 1973 V of L study only one of its kind in Canada? Effects of LSD on brain studied A youthful husband and wife team is conducting a summer research project at the Univer- sity of Lethbridge which may pioneer understanding of LSD's effect upon functions of the brain. Barbara and Terry Robinson, both of whom studied at the University of Lethbridge a year ago, are conducting research under the auspices of the non- medical-use of drugs director- ate of the department of na- tional health and welfare. Both are 1973 recipients of the de- partment's Research on Drug Abuse schoolarships. Mr. Rob- inson received an award of 000, Mrs. Robison T he RODA scholarships, granted for applicants' aca- demic standing and research ability, are designed to give students practical experience in drug research. Psychology majors, the Robinsons are us- ing their scholarships jointly to study results of injecting LSD directly into various areas of rats' brains, usir> a newly-de- veloped micro-injection proc- ess. The Robinson's project is an ambitious one; they often work seven days a week and up to 12 hours a day. They intend to have their research completed, the results compiled and their final abstract ready for publi- cation by the end of August. "As far as we know, ours is the only such study being done, using LSD and micro- comments Barbara with enthusiasm. "It's such a recent technique, few people are working with it yet." The couple was taught the micro-injection method by U 'of L psychology professor Dr. Ian Wishaw who has recently learn- ed the technique himself. Dr. Wishaw also serves as faculty advisor for the Robinson's re-, search project. The couple is enthusiastic and excited about the experiment, Dears GASOLINE EVERYDAY LOW PRICE '.9 Regular T Gallon 1.9 Premium W f3 Gallon Use Your Simpsons-Sears Charge 47 52 which it hopes will have im- portant implications for future LSD research. "People have injected LSD peripherally (into veins) be- fore, often to experiment in the treatment of mental ill- says Mr. Robinson. "Or research should indicate the site of LSD's action in the brain itself, which no one has been able to show before." "We hope this will be a pion- eer Mrs. Ptobinson says show how LSD affects the electro-chemical activity of the brain." Because the rat's brain op- erates in a manner similar to- that of man, such research could be extrapolated to show how a direct injection of the drug would affect a brain. Initially, the project requir- ed hours of minute brain sur- gery on 60 rats, to prepare them for the LSD injections. In order to isolate the inject- ed drug, a small tube is im- planted in the rat's brain. In- side this, a second, even smal- ler, tube is lowered. It is through the inner tube that minute portions of substances may be injected into specific areas of the brain. The .Robinsons will vary strength of the injections and the areas of the brain to which the drug is administered, in an attempt to obtain a wide array of results. Primarily, they hope to learn if LSD acts by altering the concentration of serotonin, a natural transmitter substance. LSD should either mimic or produce effects opposite to those of injected serotonin. MINUTE PROPORTIONS "We want to examine the ef- fect of the drug on several por- tions of the brain, much as the hippocampus and the hypothal- describes Barbara. "We will try to delineate the drug's influence by observing various behaviors of the rat." "We will only be injecting a very small amount of LSD about one-one hundred thous- andth of a Mr. Robin- son says. "We will use the EEG to test the fluctuations in brain patterns after injections." In the U of L psychology la- boratory, the Robinson's 60 rats fully recovered from the implanation surgery can be seen scampering about their cages, nibbling their food, and' wriggling their noses. They re- gard visitors with bright pink eyes and seem oblivious, to the antennae like projection ofi tubes secured to the top of their skull with a dab of den- tal cement. Mr. Robinson, removes one from the cage to show the thread-like EEG wires at the base of the tube which will measure the wave pattern of an exact area of the brain. FROM ONTARIO Two extremely intelligent and mature young people, the Rob- insons are natives of Ontario whose search for the right kind of learning atmosphere has sometimes taken them far afield. Although they enjoy working together and share common interests, they are pur- suing their careers as indepen- dent individuals. Mr. Eobinson, 24, received his BA degree from the U of L in 1972, graduating from collo- quium (independent) studies, with great distinction. After completing his master's degree late this summer, he wiS enroll in the PhD psycho- logy program at the University of Western Ontario. Recently, one of his papers on motor research was publish- ed in the prestigious Journal of Comparative and Physiolo- gical Biology, a noteworthy achievement for one so young. A former nursing student of 23, Mrs. Robinson switched to psychology during the two years (1970-72) she spent at the U of Last year, while Mr. Rob- inson was studying for his master's degree at the Univer- sity of Saskatchewan, she took the third year of her BA pro- gram at McGill University. "That always surprises peo- ple she laughs, mentioning their year or study in separate locations. This year, Mrs. Robinson will return to the U of L as a collo- quium student, to finish her BA. Her schedule will be flexi- ble enough to allow travel be- tween Lethbridge and The Uni- versity of Western Ontario where she is to study brain asymmetry. The Robinsons are both inter- ested in pursuing research on functions and characteristics of the different areas of the brain. Colourful, room-size rugs, bargain-priced for home and cottage Special purchase price! Viscose rug 9' x 12' rug 29 Save Pebble' look textured 100% nylon Reg. 9'x 12' rug Snappy-shaded nylon at an economy price 9'x 12'rug 88 63 98 49 98 ideal rag for your cottage, or the touch for tnot spare loom. Colorful, toft viscose rug has dense level loop pile. Make your choice now from a wide range of mixed shades in Greens, Browns Co'ds, etc. This hearty nylon beauty is so durable you can use it in heavy-traffic rooms. A perfect rug for the cottage, too! It's bonded to a thick potyurethane under- c ushion to save you even more Choose from 5 colour-bright shades of Gold. Bittersweet, Moss Green, Cocoa, and Red. Floor Fashions A real show stopper in alive colours. This level-loop. 100% nylon jw'le comes in vangated shades of Green, Lilac. Gold. Red or Tangerine. You gel good, hard wear at an easy-lo-afford price. This rug is bonded to a polyurethane undercushion for great underfoot comfort. Simpsons-Sears Lid. at Simpsons-Sears you get the finest guarantea satisfaction or money refunded and free delivery our store-io-door bs3cn> wsn the pro'scts you i'lc.1! o? way STORE HOURS: Open Doily from a.m. to p.m.; Thursday and Friday a.m. to p.m. Cerrtre VHIage Telephone 328-9231. Barbara and Terry Robinson Researchers praise UofL Terry and Barbara Robinson are unabashed in their praise of the University of Lethbridge. Even before one can ask the obvious question "why the U of they volunteer their views about the sort of education they consider worthwhile. "When I was studying nurs- ing iri Montreal, I was looking for an innovative university with unstructured comments Mrs. Robinson "I found the U of L incomparable to anything else." She says the facilities in the U of L psychology laboratories are better than those offered by several larger eastern Cana- dian universities. "There are so many oppor- HAL BOYLE NEW YORK CAP) Things' a columnist might never know if he didn't open his mail: Parents sometimes think teen-agers are the fastest growing things on earth. Young sprouts of the bamboo plant are. They can shoot up a foot or more in a single day. Are you a Lap Sap Chung? In Hong Kong that's the term for a Jitterbug. Its literal mean- ing is "rubbish worm." If you are afriad of your wife's tongue, you're probably suffering from an acute case of aichmophobia. That is, you have a fear of sharp-pointed objects. History lesson: Who was the first U.S. President who wasn't descended from British or Dutch stock? He was Herbert Hoover, and he was of Swiss descent. Quotable notables: "To be mature means to face, and not evade, every fresh crisis that comes." Fritz KunkeL FACTS ABOUT FLIERS Nature notes: The Baltimore oriole is believed to get its name, because its orange and black' feathers were the colors of Lord Batlimore's family. Fly- ing squirrels don't really fly, they, simply glide. Bats are the only mammals that can truly fly. Of all living creatures, birds have the highest body tempera- tures. They range from 104 to 110 degrees fahreriheit. Household bint for the jefly and peanut butter sandwich set: Your peanut butter will hold its flavor and quality long- er if you keep it in the refriger- ator instead of at room temper- ature. Executive signs: This one is from the desk of Fred Kulcw, president of RivelJa Imports, Ltd. "If you are a born wor- rier, you were born at the right time." Worth remembering: "Re- member the good old days when trouble in the streets only meant pot Folklore: Eating hazel nuts will help cure mouth sores. Rub grease into your feet to ward off bead colds. Buckshot car- ried in the hip pocket prevents rheumatism. Eating water- melon mil reduce a fever. If you tie the bead of a buzzard around your neck, it will cure you of headache. Don't throw away bread crumbs nibbling U7C31 will make you wise. It was George Bernard Shaw who observed, "Gambling pro- mises the poor what property 1 performs for the rich Some- j tiring for nothing." tunities to learn agrees Mr. Robinson. "Southern Alber- ta students just don't seem to realize how good the facilities are the excellent library Jhe low student-faculty ratio Mr. and Mrs. Robinson think larger institutions sometimes tend to give undergraduate course work superficial atten- tion while the main resources of the university are focused on the graduate students and the professional schools. There's no such danger at the U of L, they say, because the institution is devoted to giving the undergraduate a first1 rate and varied learning exper- ience. "When we first came recalls Mrs. Robinson, "we heard students asking, 'aww, who wants to stay in Leth- We've moved 'around a Mr, but we think there are a lot of good reasons to do just that." Prescription Eyeglasses Sunglasses Repairs All the Latest Styles From the Leaders in Eyewear Fashion TICAL PRESCRIPTION CO. NATIONAL COURTESY CARD' LEASING The motor vehicle described on tne oack OT this Identifi- cation His been leased from a Ford Authorized: Leasing System of Canada Lessor (named It would be appreciated if every courtesy Including prompt and quality service and any appropriate fleet discounts on parts be extended to tne operator of tnis vehicle. 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