Saturday, February 21, 2015

We leave for Kenya this week!

A bit about the IMPACT team:

Just a quick update today as we're quite busy prepping for our departure. Rita, an amazing undergraduate PNB (Psychology, Neuroscience, and Behaviour) thesis student of the Developmental Neuroscience Lab, and myself are leaving Friday. Rita will be joining me for the first 3 weeks to help get everything set up, and to help train the local research team. She'll return to McMaster to finish writing up her thesis, and complete course work, but I'm happy that I can officially announce that she will be joining the lab for graduate studies next year! 

I'll be on my own for a week before Ellis joins me for the remaining 2 months. We should have fully launched the study by then, and Ellis will be quickly immersed in running assessments, collecting data, and managing any technical problems. Ellis is already a seasoned professional of electronic assessment building, as he has been programming the IMPACT for over a year, and creating computerized Autism assessments for the first year of his Masters degree in the PNB program.

My name is Amber, and I am a PhD student of McMaster Integrative Neuroscience, Discovery, and Study (MiNDS), an inter-disciplinary program that allows for collaboration between faculties and disciplines, and in my case, internationally. I'll be doing my best to update this website regularly, so that we can share this humbling experience. We're all so excited to get to Nairobi and meet the team that has been working hard to prepare for our arrival. Thank you to Dr. Ndetei and the staff and students at the Africa Mental Health Foundation/University of Nairobi for your assistance in securing research ethics, helping us find a place to live, and sharing research ideas. I'd like to especially thank Christine and Rhodah for handling the millions of questions we send your way.

If you are reading this, please feel free to send along any questions or comments you might have. It will be so motivating to hear from all of you, so don't be shy. We'll do our best to answer any questions here, and provide a close look at the field work and life in Kenya. Thank you so much to everyone who has been supportive. We're blown away by your generosity, kind messages of support, and love.

We got stick-on tattoo's after we braved our travel vaccinations! From left to right: Amber, Ellis, Rita.

Twitter: @IMPACTMcMaster


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