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Isadora Porter, Jasmine Jenkins, Ebony Mason and Niara Taylor, all C’2013, are trying to find answers to some pretty tough neuroscientific questions: How can a protein act as a neuroprotectant against inflammatory stimuli? Or how can a particular gene affect the social behavior in small rodents like prairie voles? By researching these questions, the students hope to gain insight for the advance treatment of major neurological-related ailments, such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.

Porter, Jenkins, Mason and Taylor are among a select group of Atlanta-area college students involved in cutting-edge research that could one day change the field of neuroscience. Thanks to the Atlanta Neuroscience Education and Training Program, or NET/work as it’s more commonly known, all four students are gaining hands-on experience in neuroscience, the study of the human nervous system, the brain, and the biological basis of consciousness, perception, memory, and learning. 

Karen Brakke, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of psychology at Spelman, said student research is particularly important because of its potential impact.

“Many of the health issues we face now are rooted in neuroscientific questions,” said Dr. Brakke. “It’s important that we have a strong research force in this area and that this research force reflects our population.”

Read more about their research in Inside Spelman

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