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'Investigating the neural correlates of memory deficits in middle aged adults' - NSCI 396 Undergraduate Research Project Application Form

INSTRUCTIONS - PROFESSORS: Please print and review this form. Complete or correct the sections, as applicable, from "Supervisor's Name" to "Ethics, safety, and training". Please sign and date near the bottom ("Supervisor's signature").

INSTRUCTIONS - STUDENTS: You may receive this form by email, or you may download it after it has been posted here. Either way, print and review this form. Complete or correct the sections, from "Student's Name" to "Student's Level", and sign ("Student signature"). Ask your supervisor to sign her/his section near the bottom. Take it to the department* corresponding to the course number in Section A; this may or may not be your own department. (* EXCEPTIONS: For NSCI 396 and COGS 396, please bring it to the Interdisciplinary Programs Adviser in Dawson Hall.) Do not register for a '396' course on Minerva until you receive departmental permission. Have a discussion with your supervisor about time/work expectations, keeping in mind that this is a 3-credit course (roughly, 10 hours per week for 12 weeks). Remember that a '396' course is an elective.

INSTRUCTIONS - DEPARTMENTS: After the unit chair/director/designate approves (or not) this project, please notify student. If approved, please give student permission to register on Minerva, and send a copy of this form (with signatures) to the Office for Undergraduate Research in Science (either fax, or internal mail to Dawson Hall 408-A, or PDF scan + email).

QUESTIONS OR FEEDBACK? Contact the Office for Undergraduate Research in Science.

Supervisor's Name: Natasha Rajah

Supervisor's Email: maria [dot] rajah [at] mcgill [dot] ca

Supervisor's Phone: 514-761-6131 p.2836

Supervisor's Website: http://www.douglas.qc.ca/researcher/maria-natasha-rajah

Supervisor's department: Psychiatry

Course number: NSCI 396 (Neuroscience)

Term: Fall 2013-2014

Project start date: Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Project end date: Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Project title: Investigating the neural correlates of memory deficits in middle aged adults

Project description (50-100 words suggested): It has been shown that age-related deficits in episodic memory are paralleled by changes in the structure and function of the prefrontal cortex (PFC). Studies have found that the PFC is particularly vulnerable to cortical atrophy with age in relation to the rest of the brain. In addition to these structural changes, studies have found age-related changes in brain activity that have been linked to deficits in memory function. However, as most studies focus on the two extreme age groups (young and old), little is known about the relation of PFC structure and function with memory function in middle age when declines in episodic memory first emerge. Thus, in the current project, we seek to use functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to investigate the relationship between PFC cortical thickness, activity in the PFC, and memory task performance in young and middle-aged cognitively normal community-derived subjects.

Prerequisite: 1 term completed at McGill + CGPA of 3.0 or higher; or permission of instructor.

Grading scheme (The final report must be worth at least 50% of final grade): Final report 50%; Laboratory work 50%.

Project status: This project is taken. The professor has no more '396' projects this term.

Ethics, safety, and training: Supervisors are responsible for the ethics and safety compliance of undergraduate students. This project involves human subjects.

Student's Name:

Student's McGill ID:

Student's McGill Email:

Student's Phone:

Student's Program:

Student's Level (U0 / U1 / U2 / U3):

Student's signature - I certify that this course is with a different supervisor and on a different topic than any previous '396' course I have taken. I have not applied for another '396' course in this term:

Supervisor's signature - I give my permission for the student identified above to register for this project under my supervision:


Unit chair/director/designate's name:

Unit chair/director/designate's signature - I certify that this project conforms to departmental requirements for 396 courses: