Jesse Jackson is one of the many bright students we have at the Douglas. He is part of our group of up-and-coming researchers who just might find the next big breakthrough! He is doing his PhD under Dr. Sylvain Williams, a researcher at the Douglas who investigates the causes of Alzheimer Disease.

Recently, McGill University awarded Jesse the first-ever Richard and Ann Sievers Award, a $ 25,000 fellowship given to a McGill neuroscience student in the last year of their PhD for work that is innovative.

Jesse’s work is about how regions of the brain communicate with each other using different channels or frequencies similar to an FM radio. In order for regions to communicate, they need to be talking using the same frequency. One common factor found in all mental illnesses is that there are alterations in frequency and therefore dysfunction in how different brain regions communicate. If we can uncover the way brain frequency is altered in mental illness, we can then start to understand how to change these frequencies so that different regions of the brain can again communicate with each other and the individual could recover from mental illness.

Top photo: Sylvain Williams, PhD, and Jesse Jackson.

See photos of research in action at the Williams' lab.

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