Stephen T. O'Rourke

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— Academic writing, individual or collaborative, is an essential skill for todayʼs graduates. Unfortunately, managing writing activities and providing feedback to students is very labour intensive and academics often opt out of including such learning experiences in their teaching. We describe the architecture for a new collaborative writing support(More)
The large-conductance, calcium-activated potassium channels (BK, also termed BK(Ca), Slo, or MaxiK) distributed in both excitable and non-excitable cells are involved in many cellular functions such as action potential repolarization; neuronal excitability; neurotransmitter release; hormone secretion; tuning of cochlear hair cells; innate immunity; and(More)
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In this paper, we describe a novel visualization to support formative assessment in academic writing. The visualization makes use of text mining techniques to provide insight on the flow of topics in an essay. We propose that visualization can be used to mitigate many of problems associated with the subjectivity of essay assessment by bringing greater(More)
Increasing evidence indicates that both the angiotensin II (ANG II) and gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) systems play a very important role in the regulation of blood pressure (BP). However, there is little information concerning the interactions between these two systems in the nucleus tractus solitarii (NTS). In the present study, we examined the effects of(More)
Over-expression of PDGF receptors (PDGFRs) has been previously implicated in high-risk medulloblastoma (MB) pathogenesis. However, the exact biological functions of PDGFRα and PDGFRβ signaling in MB biology remain poorly understood. Here, we report the subgroup specific expression of PDGFRα and PDGFRβ and their associated biological pathways in MB tumors.(More)
Microinjection of apelin-13 into the rostral ventrolateral medulla (RVLM) in the brainstem increases blood pressure in rats. In the present study, we tested the hypotheses that apelin-13 directly stimulates neuronal activity in neurons cultured from the brainstem and that NAD(P)H oxidase-derived reactive oxygen species are involved in this action of(More)
Angiotensin II (ANG II) increases GABA(B) receptor expression in neuronal cultures from the nucleus tractus solitarii (NTS). In the present study, the chronic effects of ANG II on GABA(B) receptor expression and activity were examined in the NTS of Sprague-Dawley rats. Intracerebroventricular infusion of ANG II caused a significant elevation in blood(More)
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