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Andrea L. Freemyer

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Freemyer, is a 2013-2017 Self Graduate Fellow pursuing a Ph.D. in neuroscience at the KU Medical Center. Freemyer was a student of life. She was studying biology and psychology, working as a nanny, volunteering at a psychiatric center – when her end goal became clear to her. An ardent observer of personality and behavior, she realized she wanted to be a neuroscientist. As a neuroscientist she would learn about the evolution of the human brain and how it usually enables normal cognitive processes. While pursuing her bachelor’s degree in psychology at Rockhurst University (2011) in Kansas City, Freemyer added courses in biology and chemistry. She worked at the KU Alzheimer and Memory Program and interned with the American Journal of Bioethics and the Joshua Center for Neurological Disorders. As she realized she was on the right path, she received a number of awards including the Distinguished Scholar Award and the Ignatius of Loyola Award. Freemyer's goal is to conduct research in brain-behavior relationships that will provide insight into what causes devastating brain disease, and to investigate the efficacy of various treatments and preventive measures. In her words, “The process of aging is inevitable and many of us have a great chance of developing a neurodegenerative disease. It is imperative that we understand the science behind these processes more completely.”

Mentor: Dianne Durham, Professor; Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, KU Medical Center

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