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Aging and thirst mechanisms is First Friday Seminar subject

TULSA, Okla. – University of Iowa research scientist Robert Thunhorst, Ph.D., presents “Age-related declines in thirst mechanisms in the Brown Norway rat model of aging,” at noon Friday, May 6, in Room D-107, CAME.  Dr. Thunhorst is a researcher in the psychology department and the cardiovascular center at the university.

His recent studies with aging rats suggest that diverse reflexive and behavioral responses to body fluid and sodium deficits decline with age at different rates.  Results from these studies will contribute to better understanding of why hormonal and neural signaling mechanisms fail to promote adequate water and sodium ingestion in old age and, ultimately, may lead to better management of dehydration in the elderly.  

The presentation is open to the public. Refreshments are available at 11:45 a.m.


Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences in Tulsa offers programs in osteopathic medicine, biomedical sciences and forensic sciences. Since its beginnings more than 30 years ago, OSU-CHS has grown to offer eight graduate degrees. On-campus programs, distance learning and OSU partnerships train osteopathic physicians, research scientists and health care professionals with an emphasis on serving rural and under-served Oklahoma. OSU operates eight clinics, six in Tulsa, one in Enid and one in Muskogee.

More information about OSU Center for Health Sciences is available at www.healthsciences.okstate.edu.