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Second-Year Biology Students

Neuronal migration is the method by which neurons travel from their origin or birthplace to their final position in the brain. We were drawn to the topic of neuronal migration in the brain because it is underresearched when compared to other migration-related topics. We also wanted to explore a topic that not many would consider. We began by exploring the migration of thoughts and the process that thoughts take to travel through an individual’s mind, and how social media was used as an outlet to express these thoughts. As we dove deeper into our topic, we came across neuronal migration and then stuck with it as it intrigued us.

Neuronal migration occurs in every one of us. It is important for us to understand the mechanisms occurring in our own bodies and be aware of the downfalls that could arise due to errors in the migration process. The fact that individuals' well-being can be determined before they are even born is extraordinary and even frightening knowing that a single genetic mutation can cause severe symptoms and affect them negatively from birth throughout their lives. All of us are in our field of study due to our interest in pursuing research that contributes to the betterment of the human condition. In researching and presenting this topic we were able to raise awareness in our classmates and ourselves.

In raising awareness, we hope others will take interest in neuronal migration to open doors to cure the disorders associated with it, such as lissencephaly and subcortical band heterotopia. Some of the most surprising and unexpected moments that we found while researching this topic was the amount of disease that can occur through irregular neuronal migration.

Pictured from left to right, Rajdeep Singh, Shira Gol, Nicole (Niki) Clark, Paraniharan (Parani) Ragu and Van Vo all completed BI296: Contemporary Issues in Biology, taught by Frédérique Guinel, during the Winter 2017 semester.

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