Welcome to NeuroGist!

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For anyone interested in learning about that ‘mushy-looking’ thing reside in your skull, you just found a one-stop! This platform is for everything neuroscience and it’s targeted at the general public. There’s a pressing need for neuro-awareness, especially in Nigeria, and here’s an attempt to spread the neuroscience word! 

My name is Wendy Olamide Lasisi and I’m a neuroscientist. With a B.Sc in Neuroscience from the University of Leeds and an M.Sc in Clinical Neuroscience from the University of Roehampton, my passion for neuroscience has led to this. I’m eager to share the knowledge I’ve acquired and continually update, hoping to help as many people as possible in the process.

There’s an issue… 

Neuroscience is nonexistent in Nigeria! We do have a few neurosurgeons and neurologists, although some of them have questionable qualifications, neuroscience is not studied in Nigeria. Some neuroanatomy is taught in medical related disciplines, but that’s only the tip of the iceberg. There’s so much more basic neuroscience to be taught and learned by these medical professionals. A common misconception in this country is neuroscience only being recognised as psychiatry. Psychiatry is just one branch of neuroscience and it fails to encompass the reality of other neurological conditions. Even if we focus on psychiatry alone, all patients are seen as ‘mad people’ by the general public, and health professionals also fail to differentiate between the numerous mental disorders. This leads to psychiatric patients with different disorders being grouped or housed together while receiving the same treatment – for different conditions. My personal experience in a psychiatric hospital has confirmed that there’s huge room for improvement in diagnosing and treating neurological conditions.

Here’s part of a solution: 

I’m a neuroscientist, who has a passion for writing and who’d like to share stories alongside vital information, in a bid to increase neuro-awareness and ultimately provide useful information in diagnosing and treating neurological conditions. I’m also working on a neuro-awarness campaign in Nigeria.

All of this might not make a lot of sense at the moment, but subsequent posts will. I’ll keep it as simple as possible and straight to the point. Feel free to ask any questions that are brain-related. I’m here to answer them, and even if I’m not able to, I’ll point you in the right direction. Thank you for taking your time to read this. I’m looking forward to interacting with you all, while providing ‘neuro-information’ in the process!

 

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