Pre-natal Infection as a Factor of Psychological Disturbance in Mice

Student: Jillian Caton

Type of project: Basic, Mind and Body

Grant Type: Undergraduate

Year of Award: 2015

Supervisor: Dr. Howland

Institutions Affiliated: University of Saskatchewan

Description: A number of disorders (schizophrenia, autism, etc.) have been linked to prenatal infections. This study seeks to explore a possible mechanism of this link by infecting pregnant rats and performing cognitive testing on her offspring when they grow up. The results of this study could illuminate possible preventative and intervention strategies to minimize the effects of prenatal infection on neural development.