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Science Café to address dangers of prescription drugs

Millions of people use prescription drugs daily to cure their various illnesses, but do they consider the detrimental effects these drugs could pose to their health after years of use?  

Ohio University Associate Professor of Biological Sciences Janet Duerr will answer this very question in her Science Café discussion titled "Genes: Are we just big, smart worms?" at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11 in the Front Room in Baker University Center.

"The Science Café discussion topics always directly pertain to students in some way," said Breanna Carrero, president of the Ohio University Science Club. "That's why people really love them."

Duerr's research uses a model organism — a microscopic soil nematode — to examine the development and function of the nervous system. It also observes the changes that develop when the worms are treated with various prescription drugs, such as anti-depressants and ADHD medicines.  

"I want people to understand how basic our brain functions are and make people aware that when we take drugs there can be consequences," Duerr said of her work.

Free coffee will be provided to the first 50 attendees.