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The Commonwealth Medical College Researcher is Published in the Journal of Neuroscience

Monday, January 25, 2020

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Scranton, PA – Kelly Foster, PhD, Assistant Professor of Neuroscience at The Commonwealth Medical College, has recently published a research paper in the Journal of Neuroscience on Long-term Potentiation (LTP), a cellular and molecular basis for memory foundation. Co-written by Nathan McLaughlin and Morgan Sheng, Distinct roles of NR2A and NR2B cytoplasmic tails in long term potentiation, seeks to propose evidence on how the activity of LTP affects underlying memory and learning in the brain. These findings reveal a theory on how LTP enables learning to occur throughout the aging process and will assist researchers in finding strategies that will advance treatments and therapies in brain disorders such as Alzheimers and Parkinsons.  

Dr. Foster received her PdD from Harvard Medical School and completed her post doctorate work at MIT.

The Journal of Neuroscience is the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience. The Journal publishes papers on a broad range of topics of general interest to those working on the nervous system.


Background Information: The Commonwealth Medical College, one of the nation’s newest medical colleges, welcomed its charter class of sixty-five medical students and Masters of Biomedical Sciences (MBS) students in August 2009. The College has campuses in Scranton, Wilkes-Barre and Williamsport and currently has over 113 full time employees and over 557 clinical faculty members. For the academic years of 2009 and 2010, students will use temporary facilities on the Lackawanna College campus until construction of the new TCMC Medical Sciences Building is completed in April 2011. The Commonwealth Medical College is dedicated to training the next generation of physicians and scientists in a community-based model. Focusing on selecting students with a propensity for community service, the school’s unique structure is designed to provide these students with diverse clinical experiences from the very first day of their education. For information please go to

TCMC has been granted degree-granting authority from the Pennsylvania Department of Education and preliminary accreditation from the Liaison Committee of Medical Education. The Commonwealth Medical Education Corporation is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).