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Degree Name

Master of Science


Pharmacology & Toxicology

First Advisor

Dr. Severn B. Churn


These studies were completed to examine how status epilpeticus seizure characteristics are modulated during post-juvenile brain development. This may determine if postnatal age in rats is a better identifier of stages of post-juvenile brain development. The first study fully detailed the acute discrete seizure phase of the rat pilocarpine-SE model. Results for this study showed that Racine behavioral severity score, spike frequency, and seizure severity during the acute discrete seizure phase change in relation to post-juvenile brain developmental stages. The second study fully detailed early and late patterns of status epilepticus. Results for this study displayed modulation of time in pattern, spike frequency, and relative delta power for seizure pattern during post-juvenile ages. The third study displayed modulation of diazepam efficacy during post-juvenile ages. The data suggest characteristics in the acute discrete seizure pliase, chronic SE phase, and therapeutic window of SE change in relation to age during post-juvenile brain development. This establishes that age is a better estimator of developmental stage than animal bodyweight.


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Date of Submission

June 2008