Brendan Mitchell

Brendan Mitchell

My name is Brendan Mitchell, I'm a third-year Neuroscience major with Senior standing at the University of California, Riverside. Since my first year at UCR, I have been conducting academic research in a Bioengineering Lab, guided by Department Chair and Professor of Bioengineering, Dr. Xiaoping Hu. And recently, my literature review, “The Neurotoxic Effects of Cycads and Metals: A Review,” has been published in the Undergraduate Research Journal (UGRJ) and on eScholarship. My current project is focused on using convolutional neural networks (CNNs) to integrate multiple neuroimaging modalities to yield a predictive model of schizophrenia with high predictive power and reproducibility. This summer I participated in the University of Oxford’s six-week Exeter College Summer Program where I continued my academic research with the help of Oxford’s rich library resources and distinguished faculty.


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Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s Disease


    Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, is a neurodegenerative disorder that leads to memory loss. As of 2016, Alzheimer's disease affects 5.4 million Americans and is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States (Alzheimer’s Association, 2016). There are two principal forms of the disease. Fami...

Sleep Apnea: The Apneas that Plague the Night

Sleep Apnea: The Apneas that Plague the Night


Sleep Apnea is a prevalent and potentially life-threatening disorder in which a person experiences intermittent cyclical cessations, or reductions, of airflow during sleep. As of 2016, 42 million Americans suffer from sleep-disordered breathing (ResMed, 2016). There are three main forms of the disorder. Obstructive sleep apnea, the most common form...