BrainWaves: The Neuroscience Graduate Program Newsletter
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    McMaster's Neuroscience Graduate Program Newsletter

Latest Articles

Take a look at our newest articles from our December 2023 issue.

Blood Test to Diagnose Depression

With psychiatric disorders such as MDD taking a considerable toll, why hasn’t a blood test been developed yet?

Unhoused Individuals are at Increased Risk for TBI

Unhoused individuals are at a significantly greater risk for psychological and physical health problems compared to the general population. Novel research has indicated that unhoused individuals are also significantly more likely to have suffered from a traumatic brain injury in their lifetime

The Socioenvironmental Challenges of Grad School

For many of us, grad school required us to pack up our things, leave our hometown, and take a leap of faith in moving to a new city. For some of us, this may be an exciting new journey. For others— daunting.

Digital Tools to Help You Survive Grad School

Grad school is hard; however, living in the digital age has many perks that can help you succeed for the next 2-6 years of your life.

Understanding the Impact of Memes on Mental Health

As graduate students or faculty members, we love seeing memes related to our struggles in research, learning, and overall mental health. However, are there any pros or cons to laughing at these memes?

Dear Students and Colleagues,

Welcome to BrainWaves: The Newsletter of the Neuroscience Graduate Program. This newsletter was developed to help Neuroscience students and faculty become more familiar with our program and the individuals that comprise it. In particular, we aim to:

  1. Inform you of program processes, progress, and deadlines
  2. Help you get to know our faculty and students, along with their work and interests

BrainWaves will be emailed to you every few months to provide you with summaries of recent program events, profile students and faculty, and highlight the very exciting work taking place in our program.

BrainWaves articles from each of our previous issues are always available on this platform, and can be accessed through the Program Corner, Hot Topics, MiNDS of our Students, and Faculty Profile tabs on this page. We encourage you to take a look through our older content, stretching back to our newsletter inception in 2015, to see how the Neuroscience Graduate Program has developed over the years!

As this is your newsletter, we hope that you will let us know how we’re doing, and if there is anything that we’re not providing with that you’d like to see. Of course, if anyone is interested in being profiled or having their work featured in the newsletter, please do not hesitate to contact us.

On behalf of the BrainWaves staff, we hope that you enjoy this newsletter as much as we enjoy putting it together!

Ryan Van Lieshout


Leanne Monteiro