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Synaptic Connections: Mentorship Program

Our mentorship program offers a virtual experience that pairs groups of students with professionals in the fields of neuroscience and psychology for a six-month rotation. This program provides students with an immersive opportunity to gain firsthand insights into their desired career paths, including access to continued education resources, current research articles, and a glimpse into the daily lives of professionals. To facilitate a personalized experience, students are divided into small groups consisting of four to five students per mentor. These groups meet twice a month throughout the duration of the six-month rotation.

Annie Palermo, PT, DPT, PhD (she/her) 
Date: March 26, 2023 - Spring 2023

We are delighted and privileged to extend a warm welcome to Annie Palermo, PT, DPT, PhD (she/her) - also known as @annee_gram. Dr. Palermo is a distinguished Physical Therapist and researcher who is dedicated to advancing evidence-based neurological rehabilitation practices, particularly in the domain of spinal cord injury. Her groundbreaking work and vast knowledge have illuminated new advancements and practices within the field. In our inaugural virtual event for Spring 2023 with Dr. Palermo, she graciously shared insights into several research projects she has undertaken, offering valuable perspectives on her journey and the ways in which she discovered her passion for this field. Her expertise and experiences provided attendees with valuable takeaways and inspired them to pursue their own endeavors in neuroscience and rehabilitation. We express our sincere gratitude to Dr. Palermo for joining us and for her contributions in expanding the frontiers of knowledge in this crucial area.

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Annie Palermo, PT, DPT, PhD
Date: May 11, 2023 - Spring 2023

In this session, Dr. Palermo provided a pre-introduction to the article that we will be exploring in depth during our upcoming sessions with her. Her presentation focused on the fascinating connection between respiratory breathing and neurological functioning. Delving into the topic, Dr. Palermo elucidated the role of the autonomic nervous system and various neural circuits involved in this intricate relationship.Through her insightful discussion, Dr. Palermo shed light on the intricate mechanisms that underlie the interaction between respiratory breathing and neurological processes. Her expertise and explanations provided a solid foundation for our further exploration of the article. We are excited to continue our sessions with Dr. Palermo, diving deeper into this captivating topic and expanding our understanding of the interplay between respiration and neurological function.

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Chiettha Prajnadewie, B.S.
Date: March 30, 2023 - Spring 2023

We take great pride and honor in welcoming Chiettha Prajnadewie, a dedicated BAdvSci(Hons)/BA and PhD student, to our community! Her research is centered around the use of a microfluidic device to model and investigate the intricate relationship between microglia and neurons in both the central and peripheral nervous systems, with a particular focus on their roles in neuropathic pain. During our initial meeting with Chiettha this spring of 2023, we were privileged to gain new insights into the world of PhD research. Her work showcases the cutting-edge advancements being made in understanding the complex interactions within the nervous system, specifically related to the field of neuropathic pain. Chiettha's research is undoubtedly paving the way for significant breakthroughs in this area, and we are excited to follow her journey and the discoveries she will make.

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Chiettha Prajnadewie, B.S.
Date: May 18, 2023 - Spring 2023

During her session, Chiettha Prajnadewie delved deeply into the intricacies of crafting a scientific paper. She provided a comprehensive understanding of each specific section, offering insights into the logistics and the path to reaching that point in a research project. Chiettha also took the opportunity to shed light on the behind-the-scenes aspects of pursuing a Ph.D., providing valuable information about obtaining grants, securing laboratory space, and navigating the process of getting published. Her session was not only informative but also inspiring, as she shared her personal experiences and gave advice to those interested in entering the field of research. Chiettha's guidance and firsthand knowledge offered attendees valuable insights into the practical aspects of pursuing a career in academia and research.

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