Shrika Vejandla

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Editing the Nervous System: Applications of CRISPR in Neuroscience

Editing the Nervous System: Applications of CRISPR in Neuroscience


Abstract Gene editing brings about a sense of science-fiction-like possibilities, where it is possible to delete memories or add an extra limb. This promising technology has potential, particularly within the field of neuroscience, be it in enhancing current research methods and study designs or in serving as a treatment for a variety of neurolo...

Lazy Eye: An Overview of Amblyopia

Lazy Eye: An Overview of Amblyopia


Introduction Amblyopia is a neurological disorder in which an eye fails to achieve normal visual acuity due to the brain choosing to ignore visual input from the weaker eye. It typically develops during infancy or childhood, and affects only one eye. As a result, it is commonly referred to as a “lazy eye”. Approximately 1.75% of the ...

New Horizons in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Research

New Horizons in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Research


Abstract Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental health disorder in which those who are affected have recurring, intrusive thoughts, ideas, and sensations known as obsessions, which manifest a sensation of wanting to conduct repetitive behavior, known as a compulsion [1]. It is a relatively common disorder that affects adults as well as ...

Optogenetics and Epilepsy: A Novel Treatment for Seizures

Optogenetics and Epilepsy: A Novel Treatment for Seizures


Abstract It is estimated that 30% of those affected with epilepsy do not have control over their seizures, which are considered the hallmark of the neurological disorder [1]. A better understanding of the inner neurobiological mechanisms of these seizures may lead us to new treatments for epilepsy altogether. However, the rise of optogenetics, a...

The Dynamic Mind: An Overview of Neuroplasticity

The Dynamic Mind: An Overview of Neuroplasticity


Introduction Neuroplasticity, a phenomenon describing the brain's capacity to change and adapt, refers to the morphological changes in the brain that occur due to an individual’s interactions with the environment. Throughout the course of one’s life, the brain develops synapses and circuits between neurons that reorganize to resp...