Alexander (Sasha) Skvortsov is a sophomore in 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 research and develop neurotechnology. Alexander is a co-founder of the IYNA and works with the IYNA as the CEO, Interim Editor-In-Chief, writer, senior editor, member of the MYELIN committee, web designer, head writer of the General Neuroscience section, and a member of the International Board of Directors.
Jacob Umans is currently a high school senior with a passion for neuroscience. He has attended summer courses in neuroscience at both Johns Hopkins and Stanford, and last summer he completed an internship in the Salk Institute's Stem Cell Core Facility. In this internship, he investigated the effects of thawing protocols on cell health. Jacob's goal is to eventually earn a MD/PhD and 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 of the IYNA and works with the IYNA as a President of the Board of Directors, Senior Editor, and Head Research Writer.
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 IYNA, and works with the IYNA as an Executive Chairman, Senior Editor, and Leadership Committee Member.
William Ellsworth is a sophomore in high school. His grandmother's struggle with Alzheimer's inspired his profound passion for neuroscience; thus, William aspires to develop therapies for and treat victims of neurodegenerative diseases. To this end, he plans to pursue an M.D. and have a career in neurology and neuroscience research. Outside of neuroscience, William thoroughly enjoys reading about politics and getting destroyed at basketball. William is a co-founder of the IYNA and works in the IYNA as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal, Executive Director of the MYELIN Initiative, and member of the International Board of Directors.
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.
Megumi Sano is a senior at Southbank International School in London, United Kingdom. She is Japanese by her blood, American by her accent, and English by her fondness for tea. Her enthusiasm for neuroscience stems from her first encounter with a mouse brain slice in close proximity during a lab internship at University College London. Megumi represented England in the 2016 International Brain Bee World Championship where she consolidated her fascination with the brain and developed lasting friendships with amazing people. An avid Steven Pinker fan and a Society for the Neurobiology of Language fellow, Megumi is intrigued by the intersections of cognition and neuroscience. She currently commits to research in autism spectrum disorder at the Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development at University of London. One of her biggest goals is to elucidate the neurobiological mechanisms of ASD, which was also the topic of her research project at a Stanford summer course. Megumi also enjoys solving problems in the UK Mathematics Trust Senior Team Challenge, of which she and her team won 1st place in the regional final last year. Megumi works with the IYNA as the president of the UK chapter, a member of the International Board of Directors, and a co-founder of the MYELIN Initiative, which is a joint project between the IYNA and the Synapse Project, a separate organization that she runs to empower young women interested in neuroscience.
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 IYNA, and is a writer for the Journal, the Fundraising Director, an Outreach Coordinator and a member of the National Leadership Committee.
lorrayne is a rising senior at Rio, Brazil. Her lively interest in Neurosciences began when she looked for an outdoor in her school about a Summer Neuroscence Course and a Brain Bee Competition. Since then, she iniciate her studies in this incredible area. lorrayne is a bichampion in Brazilian Brain Bee and participated on International Brain Bee in 2016, where intensifying and strengthening their curiosity and appreciation for this area. She participates as a volunteer in activities developed by MIN (Neuroscience Itinerant Museum) which aims to provide the first contact students and visitors with basic fundamentals of neuroscience, focused on promoting literacy and scientific dissemination. lorrayne works with the IYNA as Member of the International General Assembly, President of the Brazilian National Chapter. She feels more and more fascinated by the amazing world of Neurosciences and hopes to be able to give contribution to their in near future.
Professor Dr. Jafri Malin Abdullah studied in Sekolah Menengah Sains Bukit Mertajam and SMS Kelantan, Pengkalan Chepa and Leederville Technical College, Perth, Western Australia and the University of Western Australia. He graduated later with an MD from the School of Medical Sciences, University Sains Malaysia in 1986. In 1994, he was awarded the Diplomate Certification of Specialization in Neurosurgery from the University of Ghent, Belgium. He later obtained a Ph.D. (Magna Cum Laude) from the same university in 1995. Professor Dr. Jafri is a Fellow of the Academy Science Malaysia, American College of Surgeons, the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the Royal Society of Medicine (UK). He is currently Professor of Neurosciences and the Director of P3Neuro; the Center for Neuroscience Services and Research, University Sains Malaysia. He was awarded the prestigious Young National Malaysian Scientist Award in 1999 and Top Research Scientist Award, Academy Science Malaysia in 2013 both by the Prime Minister of that period. Part of his cluster's research are focused on new treatments in the field of neurooncology, medicinal chemistry in the field of biodegradable wafer antibiotics, drugs for movement disorders, CNS tuberculosis, epilepsy and pain as well as ethnopharmacology. Together with the Transcranial Magnetic stimulation facilities and complete behavior lab his other cluster concentrates on comparative as well as neuropsychology and behavioral neurosciences. Besides being responsible in setting up labs for functional magnetic resonance imaging, magnetoencephalography, high density electroencephalography, neurogenetics, rodent animal behavior, electrophysiology, stem cell culture and primary cell laboratories, his most recently research activity is in the field neuroinformatics. Professor Dr Jafri has 174 publications in national/international peer-reviewed journals and has a H-Index of 18.He is the Editor of the Malaysian Journal of Medical Sciences and is editorial board member/International editor of 6 international neuroscience/neurosurgical journals in Europe, USA, Australia, Japan, India and China. Professor Dr. Jafri has authored 10 textbooks and written 14 textbooks chapters. He graduated more than 64neurosurgeons,neurologists& neuroscientists via the Masters of Surgery(Neurology),Advance Master Internal Medicine(Neurology), Master of Science (Neuroscience) and PhD Neuroscience and recently initiated Asia's first Integrated Doctor of Neuroscience Program as well as the first joint Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience's program. Professor Dr. Jafri has with USM & Assoc. Prof. Dr Muzaimi Mustapha established more than 20 neuroscience clubs in secondary and primary schools in Malaysia and is the Malaysian International Brain Bee coordinator. Professor Dr Jafri has been the member of the board of Society for Brain Mapping and Therapeutics, Member of the G20+ World Brain Mapping and Therapeutics Initiative (G20+ WBMTI) Committee (representing Malaysia) and the Vice Chairman of the Malaysian-SBMT and co-founder of Malaysian Brain Mapping Initiative as part of the G20+ WBMTI.