"After studying medicine and working briefly as a junior doctor, I joined Neurasmus in 2012 and spent my first year at the Charité in Berlin studying the link between neurobiology and disease. I then moved to Bordeaux, where I took advanced courses on addiction & psychopharmacology. Having gotten hooked on the rustic charm of the German capital, I returned there for my master's thesis project. I've been in Berlin (and the same research group) ever since, helping to develop imaging methods for measuring blood flow and tissue oxygenation in stroke patients as I work towards my PhD. I'm still very much involved with the program that launched my research career: as a part of the alumni association, former programme representative, and proud member of the Neurasmus family."
""My experience as a Neurasmus student started in the summer of 2014. I chose track 1 because of its focus on neurogenomics, which would give me the opportunity to continue focusing on the background and working experience I had at that time. Before starting the master, I was working in Mexico as a research assistant in a center for research and development of health sciences, principally in genetic variants identification of diverse diseases, thus why I chose Amsterdam for my first year and then Berlin to continue with a specialization in clinical neuroscience. For my thesis project I chose Coimbra because I was interested in joining a research group that has projects in collaboration with the private sector, since I was interested in a clinical focus with a more applied approach. The project I was involved in gave me the opportunity to work in different stages of it, from its design, development and conclusive results necessary for continuing with its development. After concluding my studies, I joined the community in which basic and applied sciences meet, where I'm applying the skills achieved during my time as a Neurasmus student doing Program Management and Evaluation. I'm working at FEMSA Foundation (FF), where we work to ensure that all communities where FEMSA Company is present live a sustainable relationship with the environment Here at FF, we focus in the development of life sciences programs, from their design and management to their implementation and evaluation. I'm the head of the Water and Sanitation unit, and we seek that vulnerable communities of Mexico and Latin America have systems to receive water in quantity and quality to positively influence their life/health quality. We complement our interventions fostering behavioral change and empowering communities to take the reins for their development and thereby achieve sustainability. I'm also supervising the Water Center for Latin America and the Caribbean, which belongs to the Tecnológico de Monterrey, working closely to promote applied scientific research as the basis for each of our actions."
Vernon Garcia Rivas
""I am Vernon Garcia Rivas, originally from El Salvador. I completed my Bachelor studies in Pharmacology in 2010, and just before joining Neurasmus I was working for the Ministry of Health in El Salvador, involved in drug regulatory affairs and pharmacovigilance. However, I felt the need to return to more 'hands-on' science, and thus decided to continue my studies through the Neurasmus program, with the view in mind to build a career in neuropharmacology. I joined the track 4 of the Neurasmus Master Program in 2013, starting off my first year at the Charité Universitätsmedizin in Berlin. In Berlin, alongside lectures that covered basic neurobiology and the pathophysiology of the nervous system, I did two lab rotations. The first one was under the supervision of Andrew Plested, studying the effects of AMPA receptor mutations on the receptor gating properties. My second lab rotation was with Viktor Tarabykin, studying the role of ephrinA4 on the regulation of commisural tract formation. For my second year of studies, I decided to come to Bordeaux, given its strength on addiction research, which was and continues to be a strong scientific interest of mine within neuropharmacology. In Bordeaux, I completed my master thesis under the supervision of Veronique Deroche-Gamonet, studying the role of the prelimbic cortex in cocaine seeking behaviour in rats. After my graduation in 2015, I decided to stay in the same laboratory in Bordeaux for my PhD studies. I am currently studying the vulnerability to nicotine dependence, with a particular interest in understanding the individual differences in the neurobiological mechanisms that maintain nicotine seeking."