Alexander (Sasha) Skvortsov is a rising sophomore at Radnor, PA. Alexander became interested in neuroscience through his studies for the National Brain Bee. Alexander is fascinated by the immense possibilities of neuroscience research and hopes to one day establish a business in Brain-Machine Integration. Alexander is a co-founder of the YNCA and works with the YNCA as an executive vice president, writer, senior editor, web designer, and a member of the Board of Directors.

Jacob Umans: Jacob Umans is a rising senior with a passion for neuroscience. He has attended summer courses in neuroscience at both Johns Hopkins and Stanford, and will have a summer internship studying the C. Elegans sensory system at the Salk Institute. Jacob’s largest goal is to study the cellular basis of memory in a hope to both better understand the phenomenon and use this knowledge to develop cures for dementias such as Alzheimer’s Disease. Jacob is a co-founder and works with the YNCA as an Executive Chairman, Senior Editor, Head Research and Satire Writer, and Leadership Committee Member.

Nicholas Chrapliwy is a rising senior local to High Point, NC. His passion for neuroscience began with participation in Dr. Leonard White’s Medical Neuroscience course as well as his local Brain Bee. Nicholas has volunteered doing genome research into how early life infections affect later life cognition in connection with Dr. Staci Bilbo’s labs at Duke University, and interns currently with the Chiu Research Group at UNCG studying the genomes of gut microbes. Nicholas’s ultimate goal is to combine progressive lab research with clinical practice as an MD/PhD, and to work with the WHO to bring quality healthcare to those who would otherwise go without. Nicholasis a co-founder of the YNCA, and works with the YNCA as an Executive Chairman, Senior Editor, and Leadership Committee Member.

William Ellsworth is a rising sophomore. His grandmother’s struggle with Alzheimer’s inspired his profound passion for neuroscience. William ultimately wants to develop therapeutics for neurodegenerative diseases; thus, he hopes to earn a PhD in neuroscience and work as a researcher. William’s largest role model is neuroscience researcher Dr. David Eagleman. Outside of neuroscience, William enjoys reading about politics, following the stock market, and writing rap music. William is a co-founder of the YNCA and works in the YNCA as the Editor-in-Chief, a Writer, and a member of the Board of Directors.

Jordan Bartfield is a rising junior in Florida. She is a member of National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta. Jordan was eight years old when she read an autobiography entitled, “Born on a Blue Day” written by Daniel Tammet, an autistic savant. Since then, She has had an unwavering fascination with Neurology and Neuroscience. Her other favorite pastimes include volunteering at her local hospital and working at the local Homeless Shelter. She is also the founder and president of the club For the Love of Craig and Todd which focuses on raising money and awareness in regards to colon cancer and non-hogdkins Lymphoma. She is currently training for a half-marathon in support of Girl Power 2 Cure which raises money and awareness in regards to Rett Syndrome. Jordan hopes that her work with the YNCA will inspire a passion for science in others. Jordan works with YNCA as a senior editor, a writer, and is on the national leadership board.

Shomik Ghose is a TJHSST Junior born and raised in Northern Virginia alongside his brother and two dogs. In school, he especially enjoys Biology-based classes, such as Neurobiology, and hopes to pursue a career in medicine following his graduation. As extracurricular activities, Shomik is an avid roboticist, competing for several years in FIRST Robotics and representing the US across the globe. Additionally, he has a passion for fencing and music and is both an experienced épéeist and an accomplished pianist. In his free time, Shomik enjoys playing with his beloved Beagle, Barry, failing quite spectacularly at Chess and distance cycling with friends. Shomik works with the YNCA as a web developer and leadership board member.

Catherine Wang is a 17-year-old homeothermic craniate who currently resides in Lexington, Massachusetts. An unapologetic biology fanatic, she spends an inordinate fraction of her life reading textbooks and ranting to disinterested peers about medical breakthroughs, plant phylogeny, and tardigrades. Her excitability and subsequent clumsiness render her an unbearable intern; however, she has somehow managed to secure numerous research positions anyway, through which she learned (among other things) exactly how not to dissect a mouse spleen. Catherine is also a captain of Lexington High School’s DOE National Science Bowl team and placed in the top five nationally last year. When not honing her buzzer speed, she can be found working furiously on her latest oil painting, exploring the city with friends, or reciting Hamilton: An American Musical at the top of her lungs. Catherine only recently became involved in neuroscience but has already started hatching plans of world domination by mind-control.

Janvie Naik, a rising senior from Dublin, Ohio, has had a passion for neuroscience since seventh grade, when she read the book The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks. Dr. Sacks’ approach of describing the journeys of his patients captivated Janvie and motivated her to learn more about neuroscience. Eager to explore the subject further, Janvie competed in the National Brain Bee, where she had the opportunity to learn about intriguing topics such as neurodegenerative disorders, stress, brain development, and memory. During the upcoming summer, Janvie will be an intern in a lab studying the genetic risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease. Helping patients suffering from Alzheimer’s has been one of Janvie’s many passions, as she has been volunteering at an Alzheimer’s care center since her sophomore year. Volunteering at Glenwood Alzheimer’s Special Care Center has been an indescribably rewarding experience and has been a major influence in shaping Janvie’s career plans. She plans on pursuing an MD/PhD., thereby allowing her to utilize her passion for neuroscience to help others. In the future, Janvie hopes to investigate the fascinating mechanisms of brain plasticity and how it can be used in the treatment of dementias, stroke, traumatic brain injury, and other wide-ranging possibilities.

Jessica Resinger is a rising senior in Alaska. She is a two-time varsity cheerleader and has competed in various academic competitions, in addition to the Brain Bee, including; National Ocean Sciences Bowl, Science Quiz Bowl, World Language Declamation, and Science Olympiad. She is a member of the National Honor SOciety and was voted captain and MVP of her National Ocean Sciences Bowl team. Her future goals include going to med school. She has a passion for science and has a desire to advance the field of medicine to the best of her ability. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her friends, dancing, tumbling, playing the guitar, and watching Grey’s Anatomy. Jessica works with the YNCA as a writer and leadership board member.

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Kyle is a rising Senior at Kennebunk High School in Kennebunk, Maine. He originally is from Ireland and moved to Maine 6 years ago. Kyle has had an interest in neuroscience ever since he was very young and received a plastic brain in the brain. In his time in High School Kyle represented Maine at the National Brain Bee. Kyle will spend next summer interning in a lab at the University of New England exploring nociception. Along with his interest in neuroscience, Kyle has participated on his school’s Science Bowl Team, where they tied for first in their division, his school’s Math Team and is the President of the Interact Community Service Club. Kyle’s interests range from epigenetics to neuroscience to political science, and he enjoys a broad variety of classes and activities in his scholastic life. Kyle is also the student representative to the School Board in his district where he attends meetings and various committee sessions, and he also has volunteered at his local historical society. In the future, Kyle hopes to complete an MD/Phd program before pursuing a career in genetic and neuroscience research. Kyle is a co-founder of the YNCA, and is a writer for the Journal, the Fundraising Director, an Outreach Coordinator and a member of the National Leadership Committee.

Sohan Shah is a rising eleventh grader at the Charter School of Wilmington in Wilmington, Delaware. His passion for neuroscience was created when his father bought him a model brain as a child. That experience sparked an interest in biology, which he hopes will continue in the future. He has volunteered at his local hospital and has attended some neurosurgery cases. This summer, he is conducting research on Bisphenol-A and Bisphenol-S with respect to neuronal firing. Outside of neuroscience, Sohan enjoys playing tennis for his high school and travelling. He hopes to eventually visit all seven continents. He ultimately wants to attend Brown University’s eight-year-medical program and to become a neurosurgeon. Sohan is a co-founder of the YNCA, and works with the YNCA as an assistant in the New Technology section and is on the National Leaderboard Committee.

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The Journal of the YNCA

In order to energize interest in neuroscience amongst all generations, the YNCA publishes a monthly journal. The journal contains a large variety of articles, with topics ranging from technology to disease, from new studies to interviews. These articles are all written, edited, and formatted by members of the YNCA. We usually operate around a monthly theme, such as neurodegenerative disorders, or pain. We also include a Basics of Neuroscience course, satire articles, and other miscellaneous articles. Members of YNCA chapter clubs are welcome to contribute articles at info@youthneuro.org. Any questions related to the articles can be asked/discussed on our forum. Because ISSUU does not allow downloads without a registered account, people wishing to download a copy of the Journal can do so using the mirror link below the article. This journal may be redistributed for non-commerical purposes only, as long as all credit is given towards the authors.



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Youth Neuroscience Clubs of America

The Youth Neuroscience Clubs of America is a nationwide network of high school students with a passion for the study of neuroscience. Originally brought together by a national competition about neuroscience, the Brain Bee, these young students have a common goal: to change lives. When younger generations get involved in study of this nature at an earlier age, the possibilities are endless. The founders of this organization have hopes and dreams that one day Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and even epilepsy will be a thing of the past . With dedication and motivation on their side, they will change the face of neuroscience and medical research. Through the YNCA, we hope to spark an interest in generations to come, and to go as far as curing the diseases that now cost so many people their lives. Through our monthly journal, we hope to educate and inspire future doctors, researchers, and students, who will go on to form the premier contributors to the field of neuroscience.





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