SATURDAY - April 7, 2018

Plenary 12 (PL12)                             

9:00 - 11:10 am 

How Do Anesthetics Act to Selectively Prevent Consciousness?   

M. Bruce MacIver, Stanford University         

Robert Pearce, University of Wisconsin

Rod Eckenhoff, University of Pennsylvania

Travis Craddock, Nova Southeastern University



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Robert A. Pearce, MD, PhD

Professor of Anesthesiology
Department of Anesthesiology
University of Wisconsin

Research in the Pearce laboratory is focused on the mechanisms by which general anesthetics alter brain function. We are particularly interested in understanding how modulation of GABAA receptors impairs memory – a fundamental endpoint of anesthesia. For our studies we utilize expressed recombinant receptors and hippocampal brain slices to investigate the roles of specific subunit combinations and cell types in the control of learning and memory.