The World of Psychiatric Drug Synthesis

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<p> The World of Psychiatric Drug Synthesis<br> Name: Smrithi Prem<br> Academy: AAST<br> Bergen County Academies <br> Internship Coordinator: Heather Lawler<br> Organization Name: Columbia Presbyterian, Department of Psychiatry<br> Mentors: Dileep Kumar, Jaya Prabhakaran<br> Date: March 2007 <br> </p>
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<b><center><i>Introduction</b></i> <p> Since I was young, I have been interested in the world of chemistry. Since my parents are both chemists, I was exposed to the lab and the interesting chemicals in it at a young age. My mother would show me amazing experiments where something clear would turn a bright blue upon addition of a drop of clear liquid or show me how to mist out of what seemed to be entirely different things. Such experiments and the lab environment were always appealing to me. As I got older, biology, and in particular the human brain caught my attention. The super- organ, the brain since it controlled so much in our lives, amazed me. The brain was the CPU in humans and did everything from control other organs to generating complex emotions and dreams. I had wanted to work in the blossoming and relatively new area of brain research. While searching for internships, I looked for a place where I could find out more about the brain and possibly neurodegenerative disorders. I wanted to learn how diseases could be cured, and how the brain really functioned. When I found my current internship, I expected to get a true learning experience out of it. When I talked to my mentors, they told me that I would be helping with psychiatric drug synthesis and that I would be able to work the PET scan. I was ecstatic and expected to learn about diagnosis and treatments of diseases. </p>
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<b><center><i>Background</b></i> <p> The Division of Neuroscience at Columbia Presbyterian spans the research spectrum from basic cell biology to molecular and genetic treatments in humans. The department is divided into
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This note was uploaded on 09/09/2008 for the course PSYCH 001 taught by Professor Hyland during the Fall '08 term at Lehigh University .

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