Unfortunately, my period of depression is still on and despite few moments of calm and tranquility, as soon as something happens, I fall right back down into it and getting back to a positive view and to quiet seas were to swim happily before finally being able to touch dry land and get out of… Continue reading Which is the “molecule of happiness”?
Another very interesting course that I attended during my first year of Neurobiology Master‘s was the one called “Neurochemistry and Neuropharmacology”. During this course, we finally started studying the different chemicals, called neurotransmitters, produced by neurons in the nervous system. As I have already written in an old post, neurons communicate through electricity and chemical… Continue reading How do benzodiazepines work?
As I have already anticipated last week, the differences in the central nervous system (CNS) among vertebrates was a very interesting course, so today I would like to talk about a byword for visual acuity, “hawk-eyed”, and why it is known that birds see better than humans. We use the catchword “hawk-eyed” as an adjective… Continue reading Why do we say “hawk-eyed”?
During my first year of Master’s degree in Neurobiology I had to face quite some striking challenges, that started already during the first semester. I actually had to go back to Physics and this time try to really understand it and apply it to what I have always wanted to study: the brain. As I… Continue reading Where is adult neurogenesis happening?
Eventually, after graduating with a bachelor’s in Biotechnology with an excellent vote, I could go on with my studies and I decided to continue staying at the University of Pavia and enrol in the Neurobiology master’s degree. As I already mentioned in one of my first posts, I always got fascinated by the complexity of… Continue reading Who are the fathers of Neuroscience?
Even though in my previous post I said I wanted to put aside the sad topic of PhD and anxiety and depression, in this week’s post I will talk about a recent news in the scientific world and I will write about the occupational burn-out. Modified from Getty Images On the 28th of May 2019,… Continue reading What is the occupational burn-out syndrome?
Since after one week of holidays back in my hometown in the South of Italy I kind of stabilised myself and recovered a little bit from the PhD stress, this Sunday I can eventually move on from the sad topics of depression and anxiety during PhD studies and I can finally write about my bachelor… Continue reading Can we fight female infertility?
Luckily, during these past days, I have managed to recover a bit from the stressful weeks I experienced at work and from what I can now define depressive symptoms, and I would like to wrap up this topic of PhD and depression/anxiety by talking about anxiety during the PhD. So let’s start by the first… Continue reading And what about PhD and anxiety?
Today I would like to take a break from both the story of how I ended up doing a PhD in Germany and the news from the scientific world, and I would like to talk to you about depression and its link with PhD studies. Even though it is a fact of lab life that… Continue reading Is there a link between PhD and depression?
I reached my third and final year of the bachelor in October 2012. Finally, I was putting together all the pieces of the previous two years courses and I started applying all the basic biological knowledge (Chemistry, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and so on) to the more specialistic courses, as it was Physical Chemistry (the study… Continue reading Can we reprogram cells?