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“The Startle reflex apparatus (with digitized electronic output) for Mice Models of Neuropsychiatric Disorders” is one of the medicine oriented open hardware projects of Cohort 2 (Science Edition!)
It is led by Royhaan Folarin, a Neurobiology Phd, lecturer of anatomical sciences and head of the Neurophytotherapy Research Lab, at the Department of Anatomy of Olabisi Onabanjo University, Nigeria. He investigates the developmental mechanics of psychotic and neurodegenerative disorders using mice and Drosophila models. He is also the COO of Science Communication Hub Nigeria, and won a fellowship of the African Science Literacy Network (FASLN) in 2019. At the lab, Royhaan works to identify therapeutic alternatives to the detrimental antipsychotics and neuro-palliatives currently obtainable.
Neuropsychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia are usually studied through mice models. Patients of neuropsychiatric disorders like schizophrenia have been characterised by impairment in a phenomenon called Prepulse inhibition (PPI), startle reduction or reflex modification. This means that startle response in such individuals contravenes what is obtainable in normal individuals where a preceding weak stimulus (Prepulse) is expected to suppress the startle response to a subsequent stronger startle stimulus (pulse).
Open Hardware Makers program has three central roles, Mentees, who work to on their projects to implement open hardware best practices, Mentors supporting the mentee’s journey and Experts, sharing deep knowledge on specific topics. Here we share more details on the experts role, their importance to the program and their hard work during expert review week!
On Wednesday 11-9, Nicolás Méndez, one of the mentees of the second cohort of Open Hardware Makers programme, had a conversation on live stream with Tiago Lubiana, host of Wiki Convida, a YouTube show supported by Wiki Movimento Brasil.
Applications for the OHM cohort starting on October 2022 are now OPEN, learn more in this blog post.
We invite you to join our end-of-program public call and celebrate together our first OHM Cohort.
Applications period for the March 2022 cohort is extended, new webinar for applicants!
Applications for the March 2022 cohort of OHM are now OPEN, learn more in this blog post.