All posts by Wendy Lasisi

Wendy is a clinical neuroscientist, with a B.Sc (Hons) in Neuroscience from the University of Leeds, and an M.Sc in Clinical Neuroscience from the University of Roehampton. She's currently a PhD Student of Medicine (Clinical Epidemiology) at Memorial University of Newfoundland and a Research Assistant at the Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Applied Health Research. She's dedicated to clinical research focused on enhancing recovery and performance of those suffering from neurological diseases, most especially multiple sclerosis and stroke, and an advocate for educating the general public on neuroscience to increase awareness for neurological diseases and brain health.

Above & Underneath the Cranium

I shared a Neuroscience News and Research post on my facebook page the other day, and I got a question about it, so we're here to get some answers! The Question: I shared this photo with a couple of people and their reactions were definitely interesting. One person said "ewwww! that's gross", and another said ...

From Neurosci to Clin Epi (Part II)

If you haven't already, Click here to read Part I So where were we? BSc and MSc bagged, NYSC completed, what next? At first, I thought I'd get a job, make a little money, get some experience, as I had zero work experience as a researcher (no, all that hospital work didn't count), and then pursue ...

The Brain-Changing Benefits of Exercise

"What if I told you there was something that you can do right now that would have an immediate, positive benefit for your brain including your mood and your focus? And what if I told you that same thing could actually last a long time and protect your brain from different conditions like depression, Alzheimer's disease or dementia. Would you do ...

From Neurosci to Clin Epi (Part I)

Forgive me, it's been almost a year of radio silence, but I'm back... Why the really long break?  Basically, LIFE! Life decided to go downhill, not just in one area but in every area, and unfortunately, Neuro Gist took a hit. But guess what? It wasn't going to be long, before everything got a WHOLE ...

The Sleep Deprived Brain

Is sleep that important? It is baffles me when people say or think that the brain is asleep when they're asleep. The fact is that if your brain ever fell asleep, you'd be in a coma, or you'd be brain dead. After all, it's a common saying that sleep is the cousin of death. Sleep ...

Aluminum foil & Alzheimer’s Disease

I was on a road trip from Newfoundland to New Brunswick about two weeks ago with a couple of people from my church for a youth conference, and when it was time for lunch in the bus, we were provided with some beautiful Jollof rice packaged in aluminum foil plates. Once the plates were distributed ...

THE KILLERS: Heart Attack Vs. Stroke

Heart Attack or Stroke? I asked a couple of people "what's the difference between a heart attack and a stroke?" and I got responses like "a stroke is a more intense heart attack," and "a heart attack is what causes a stroke". Too often, I see and hear people confuse a heart attack with a stroke, ...

My Experience with a Death & an Illness

I'm sitting at my gate in an airport somewhere in Europe (thank you United Airlines for not flying Houston-Lagos anymore), and I'm here pondering on the reason I left Nigeria in the first place; everything that has happened to me in the last month and how it's worth sharing. It's been a minute I've been on here ...

Case Study: Patient O

Before I go on to present the case study, I've got a disclaimer: I AM NOT A MEDICAL DOCTOR! It's hard for people in this part of the world to understand what the course I spent the last five years studying (Neuroscience & Clinical Neuroscience) entails, so they end up calling me 'doctor'. I actually ...

The Inevitable: PAIN

You've got a headache or period pain and you reach out for painkillers that you've always got stowed away somewhere at home, in your bag, or your car. You pop a couple of pills and a few minutes later (depending on how fast acting it is), you're feeling better. That's the end of it! Well you know ...