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Kelly Foster, PhD

Kelly Foster, PhD

Distinct Roles of NMDA Receptor Subunits in Long-Term Plasticity


September 12, 2011, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Kelly Foster, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Neuroscience, Commonwealth Medical College, Scranton, Pennsylvania


Fralin Biomedical Research Institute, R1059
2 Riverside Circle, Roanoke, VA 24016

NMDA receptors (NMDARs) play an intriguing and seemingly paradoxical role in cell signaling by stimulating opposing pathways under different conditions. For example, activation of NMDARs may result in either strengthening (long-term potentiation, or LTP) or weakening (long-term depression, or LTD) of synapses. Dr. Foster has demonstrated that NMDARs containing the GluN2B subunit support LTP while NMDARs containing the GluN2A subunit support LTD. Protein interactions with the intracellular C-terminal tails of these subunits, as opposed simply to differences in channel kinetics, contribute to this distinction.

Selected Publications

About the Speaker:

Kelly Foster's research focuses on identification of signaling pathways for cell survival in ischemic stroke damage during aging.

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