CNS (Clinical Neurogenomics Students)
CNS students work alongside medical staff and researchers to help in the effort to bank patient samples from the UCLA Neurology Clinic at the Ronald Reagan Medical Center. The mission of the organization is to provide valuable experience in a healthcare setting to undergraduate students interested in pursuing a career in the field. Specifically, the program is designed to give students the opportunity to interact with patients while learning more about research, neurology, and genomics. The organization includes a practical and an educational component. During weekly shifts at the UCLA Neurology Clinic at the Ronald Reagan Medical Center, CNS students monitor the waiting room, helping eligible patients give their informed consent to bank their biological samples for genomics research. Students answer questions, collect forms, and input information in a research database. Additionally, students are given the opportunity to attend the UCLA Neurology Grand Rounds, which are weekly seminars held by world renowned guest scientists that cover a variety of topics related to neurology, genomics, and clinical research. Twice a month, CNS holds introductory presentations and post-seminar discussions to help student members better understand the topics covered during Grand Rounds and discuss their relevance. Guest lecturers are also invited to share with CNS members their research and findings in the field of neurogenomics.
Signatories: Jessica Wakefield, Zubair Ahmed, and Cinddy Deng
Advisor: Pamela R Cysner
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