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Nurturing Interest in Neuroscience at McMaster University

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What We Do


Community

Our goal is to build a welcoming community for undergraduate students at McMaster University who are interested in collaborative learning regarding neuroscience research.

Inspiration

We strive to inspire and nurture undergraduate neuroscience interest and offer opportunities to explore that interest through networking events and discussions.

Support

We aim to support neuroscience – related research through active fundraising and fostering student connections with faculty.

Journal Publications


Pregnancy turns back the clock

Pregnancy is a complex enough biological process as it is due to the vast number of hormonal fluctuations as the body provides nourishment to the fetus and prepares for labor1. Changes in hormone levels go hand in hand with changes in the anatomy of the brain, such as a reduction in gray matter volume. A study done by Luders and colleagues studied potential age reversal effects in the brain following pregnancy.

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Neuroimaging biomarkers of treatment response in anxiety disorders

Anxiety disorders are the most prevalent psychiatric conditions across the human lifespan, with an estimated lifetime prevalence of 31.9%.1,2 They are also the sixth leading cause of disability worldwide.3 Despite the significant functional impairment caused by anxiety disorders, patients are often treated as outpatients and subsequently receive less medical attention and treatment monitoring than patients with less prevalent disorders, but are usually treated as inpatients with consistent monitoring, such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder.4

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A brief introduction to visual snow syndromeΒ 

Visual Snow Syndrome is still a medical mystery due to its rarity and frequent misdiagnosis. Visual Snow Syndrome (VSS) is a neurological disorder characterized by a wide array of visual symptoms. Its defining symptom is the titular visual snow, which involves seeing constant flickers of innumerable tiny dots across the visual field. The observed static is typically black and white, though it might be colorful in other circumstances. The intensity of the static may also vary with ambient luminosity, texture or color of the background.Β 

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