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INSTRUCTIONS - PROFESSORS: Fill out Sections A & B then submit this form online. (You will receive an email copy of the form. The Office for Undergraduate Research in Science will also post the project online, indicating whether the project is open for students to apply or taken.) DONE
INSTRUCTIONS - STUDENTS: You may receive this form by email, or you may download it after it has been posted. Either way, print this form. Complete and sign Section C on the hardcopy. Ask your supervisor to sign Section D. Take it to the department corresponding to the course number in Section A (this may or may not be your own department). Do not register for a '396' course on Minerva until you receive departmental permission.
INSTRUCTIONS - DEPARTMENTS: After the unit chair/director/designate approves (or not) this project, notify student. If approved, please give student permission to register on Minerva, and fax this form (with signatures) to the Office for Undergraduate Research in Science at 514-398-8102.
QUESTIONS OR FEEDBACK? Contact Victor Chisholm by email, or phone 514-398-5964.
Name: Diane B. Boivin
Email: diane [dot] boivin [at] douglas [dot] mcgill [dot] ca
Phone: 514 761 6131 x 23
Website: http://www.douglasrecherche.qc.ca/profiles/details.asp?l=e&id=13&
Supervisor's department: None of the above
Supervisor's department (if none of the above) Psychiatry
Course number: NSCI396 (Neuroscience)
Term: Winter 2010
Project start date: January 2010
Project end date: April 14, 2010
Project title: Variation of sleep & melatonin across the menstrual cycle in women with prementrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD)
Project description: Approximately 3-8% of women suffer from PMDD and experience a negative impact on mood, daily functions and personal relationships during the late luteal phase of their menstrual cycle. Sleep disturbances can be severe during this time. Evidence suggests that sleep disruptions may be related to low nocturnal secretion of melatonin and increased body temperature in PMDD women compared to healthy controls. The Hypothesis is exogenous melatonin will significantly improve sleep quality, mood and daytime functioning in PMDD women during the post-ovulatory luteal phase of their menstrual cycle. Methods: In baseline condition, PMDD patients will spend every third night sleeping in the laboratory for the duration of one complete menstrual cycle, where core body temperature and polysomnographic sleep will be recorded. In the intervention condition, a subset of PMDD patients will ingest a melatonin pill before bedtime for their complete luteal phase for three consecutive menstrual cycles. During the third month of melatonin intervention, patients will return to the lab for a repeat of baseline procedures. Participants will fill out a daily mood questionnaire upon awakening throughout the entire experimental period. The data has been collected. The student applying for this project has to organize and analyze this data and test the hypothesis.
Prerequisite: 1 term completed at McGill + CGPA of 3.0 or higher; or permission of instructor.
Other prerequisite, if applicable:
Grading scheme (The final report must be worth at least 50% of final grade): 50% laboratory performance 50% written research report
Other project information:
Project status - This project is: Taken; however students may contact the professor to discuss other possible '396' projects this term.
How students can apply: Other
If other, please specify: By email
Ethics, safety, and training
Which of the following, if any, is involved? None
Animal subjects [ ]
Human subjects [ ]
Biohazardous substances [ ]
Radioactive materials [ ]
Handling chemicals [ ]
Using lasers [ ]
Supervisors are responsible for the ethics and safety compliance of undergraduate students.
Do not complete this section unless/until the student is identified.
McGill ID:
Email (first [dot] last [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca):
Program (E.g., B.Sc. Maj. Chem. Min. Biol.):
Level (U0 / U1 / U2 / U3):
Student signature - I have not applied for another '396' course in this term:  
Do not complete this section unless/until the student is identified.
Supervisor: I give my permission for the student identified in section C to register for this project under my supervision.
Supervisor's signature:  
Unit chair/director/designate: I certify that this project conforms to departmental requirements for 396 courses.
Unit chair/director/designate's name:  
Unit chair/director/designate's signature: