The primary focus of my laboratory is to understand how neuronal networks process and store information during learning. Our current work is trying to determine how nutritional components (e.g., iron, lipids, folate, DHA, PUFAs etc) affect the physiological development of these learning networks. Much of this research concentrates on an area of the brain called the hippocampus. To understand how neuronal networks within the hippocampus and related structures encode learned information we use the following techniques: animal learning; in-vivo single neuron electrophysiological recording; in-vitro hippocampal brain slice recordings; pharmacological manipulations; immunocytochemistry, and immunohistochemistry.
Dr. McEchron serves as Director of the Wyoming WWAMI Medical Education program. For more information about the WWAMI program, visit http://www.uwyo.edu/WWAMI/index.html