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Spring 2012 Lab Members on the stairs of Telfer Hall.

Neuroscience Program

Learn about the mission and goals of BW's Neuroscience Program.

Neuroscience Laboratory

The neuroscience laboratory is a place where biology, psychology, and chemistry students come together with faculty to study the brain. The neuroscience laboratory focuses on the study of how the brain learns and remembers. With funding from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, BW neuroscience students have been studying the learning capacity of fetuses and neonates and how the brain changes to allow memory formation in this perinatal period. Recent studies also address the role that various brain nuclei and neurochemicals play in extinction learning and forgetting.

Students that work in the neuroscience laboratory have an opportunity to become full partners in the planning as well as the conduct of the experiments. Lab alumni have been very successfully placed in graduate schools, medical schools, and veterinary schools or directly into the workforce of science.

Working in the BW Neuroscience Laboratory

"Not only does becoming a part of the neuroscience lab carry prestige and offer great opportunities, but it also allows for the formation of a great network that could last a lifetime.  Working in close proximity with people in the neuroscience lab has been an place where close friendships have been formed between many of those who have joined.

With this sense of friendship comes a sense of confidence that allows for people to feel more free to express their ideas in a open and comfortable atmosphere. It takes a certain level of creativity to be able to imagine new and exciting ideas that could be used for a senior thesis or for a new grant application. The lab is a very comfortable atmosphere to allow one's intellect to grow and expertise to develop in neuroscience.

Joining the neuroscience lab comes with a commitment to bettering one's self and furthering one's education. Once a week, the lab gets together throughout the semester and discusses progress and the research at hand. This meeting also sets aside time to allow for training, journal club, gaining familiarity with technical equipment and celebrating successes of lab members.

The first activity includes journal articles that a student picks out from BW's Ritter Library Database and presents to the group on a topic of neuroscience that interests them. The second activity is games designed by students to go over common lab terminology and experiments. The third is typically done by veteran students and is called "Why we do what we do." In this section, veteran students use their knowledge of current lab experiments and experiments we have done in the past and provides new students with an outline of what we have done along with allowing time for questions to be asked. This allows new students participating in the lab or interested in participating in the lab to fully develop an understand of the material presented to them. The final activity is a skills review. In this activity, new lab members are given a chance to learn lab tasks in a hands-on fashion. These include how to conduct a thorough health check of rats; how to use the equipment; procedures such as medical, surgical, and post-operative care; brain anatomy; and how to view changes in protein expression in brain areas of interest. Students are given hands-on experience that will stick with them for a life-time."

How Do I Find Out More or Get Involved?

Please call (440) 826-2194 for more information.

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