The desire to have my own effect on neurological progression, advancing the understanding of the brain and ameliorating the neurological well-being of society, by studying the complexity of the coordinating brain and nervous system function, is what impels me to study Neuroscience.
Many tremendous break-throughs have occurred in neuroscience that I have read about, such as one of the major causes of Alzheimer’s disease may be dormant microorganisms in red blood cells. Research in controlling microRNA for preventing apoptosis is essential in neurological disease affected brains because brain cell death caused, could be stopped. MicroRNA is also researched in neuropathic pain treatment that originates from neurones in dorsal root ganglion, that release microRNA-21. The global ageing population will result in an increase in neurological diseases, which is why neuroscience is important in prevention and treatment of these conditions, which I am determined to study for. I work as a Caring Assistant in a nursing home, looking after elderly patients who have neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease and Motor Neurone Diseases. This allows me to observe the active symptoms of their diseases, and recognise behaviour that may indicate a deterioration in their health, or a sudden problem in their state.
One patient has Multiple Sclerosis and when I researched on MS, I learnt that it was a neurodegenerative disease to an extent. I have developed strong communication skills from relaying information about the patient’s conditions to the nurses, and being able to help the patient understand me and vice versa. I am keen on observing the effects of the diseases myself, whilst helping those patients, which is why I decided to work here. I completed my work experience at the Wellcome Centre for Integrative Neuroimaging and Oxford Centre for Human Brain Activity.
To have an insight into non-degenerative neurological disorder such as a stroke, I observed Magnetic Resonance Imaging scans (3 Tesla) where the brains of healthy participants and stroke patients were scanned. The mass spectrometry was taken which was then analysed to see if there were different levels of certain substances between the two variables. I also learnt about transcranial direct current stimulation that was being researched on whether it could enhance the motor consolidation in older people as well as sensorimotor cortex excitability and connectivity in Alzheimer’s disease. I also observed an electroencephalograms being used, with brain waves being recorded to find brain problems.A-Level Chemistry shows me how the processes that molecules and ions take part in, making up complex structure and functions in the body. Learning about the ionic reactions and movements in chemistry relates to biological processes such as transmission across a synapse, action potentials, in my Biology A-level. My maths A-Level teaches me to create and organise strategies whilst problem-solving and analysing data. I read New Scientist and Neuroscience News articles, keeping updated with new discoveries and research.
I read ‘The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat’ by Oliver Sack and I was intrigued by how vast the number of types of neurological disorders affect patients’ every day life, whom change their behaviour to compensate their disorder.I was a Youth Sports Trust Ambassador for 2 years coaching children in my school hockey, netball and athletics and organised sports tournaments and matches against other schools, which developed my organisation and communication skills. Captaining my hockey club has heightened my leadership and team-workmanship. I volunteered in the Oxfam charity shop for 2 years, which improved my interpersonal and time management skills. I am also an National Citizens Service, graduate.
I am fascinated by the complex brain functions, how neurological disorders affect these and the treatments for it, which is why I would like to study this in depth at university. The nervous system is a very subject, and the work that I have committed into shows my keen interest in this area, that I definitely want a career in after university.