William Ellsworth

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A Brief History of Neuroscience

A Brief History of Neuroscience


Pre-Modern     For thousands of years, humans have been fascinated with their unique intelligence and computational abilities.  The source of this wonderful power has been a mystery since ancient times. Some early humans, recognizing the importance of the brain, drilled holes in the skulls of the diseased (in a process known as &l...

Basics of Neuroscience III: Neuronal Communication

Basics of Neuroscience III: Neuronal Communication


    Hello YNCA readers, and welcome to our third Basics of Neuroscience lesson. Today, we will explain how neurons communicate with each other. Last month, we explained how each neuron acts as an independent relay stations. In this issue, we hope to discuss the molecular events underlying communication between neurons. These first three l...

Parkinson’s Disease: An Interview

Parkinson’s Disease: An Interview


    Rachel Cliburn and Carlie Hoffman are Neuroscience PhD students at Emory University.  Rachel and Carlie study Parkinson’s disease, specifically focusing on the role of vesicular proteins.  I interviewed Rachel and Carlie, asking about their research, the life of a PhD student, and Parkinson’s Disease.   ...

Desirée De León: PhD Student Interview

Desirée De León: PhD Student Interview


    I interviewed Desirée De León, a rising 3rd Year PhD Student at Emory University. She described her research, thoughts, and experiences as a PhD student working on behavior in primates.  Despite the grueling demands of PhD programs, Desirée manages to find the beauty in her studies.   William: What...

Basics of Neuroscience II: An Introduction to Internal Neural Communication

Basics of Neuroscience II: An Introduction to Internal Neural Communication


    Hello, readers of YNCA Journal, and welcome back to the Basics of Neuroscience course, presented by the YNCA Executive Board. In last week’s lesson, we discussed the basic structure of neurons. We also touched upon basic neural communication, discussing synapses and neurotransmitters. In this edition, we will go further in depth...

Basics of Neuroscience IV: Learning and Memory

Basics of Neuroscience IV: Learning and Memory


Hello YNCA readers, and welcome to our fourth Basics of Neuroscience lesson. Today, we will explain how neuronal bonds grow and decrease in strength to form memories and allow us to learn. Last month, we explained the molecular and chemical basis for neural communication, and provided a basic overview of the most common neurotransmitters and neuror...

Basics of Neuroscience I: A Cellular View of the Brain

Basics of Neuroscience I: A Cellular View of the Brain


Introduction     Hello, reader, and welcome to the YNCA’s Basics of Neuroscience Course. This course will help provide a basic understanding of how the brain and nervous system works.  Throughout our issues, we will explain every facet of neuroscience, from the level of massive connected systems to the level of discrete cell...