Center for Neuromodulation, Center for Movement Disorders

Assistant Research Professor, Clinical Neurophysiologist

College of Medicine
Department of Neuroscience
Center for Neuromodulation

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S1016 Davis Medical Center
480 Medical Center Drive
Columbus, OH 43210

Research Interests: 

  • Neuromodulation
  • Neurostimulation
  • Motor cortex physiology and anatomy
  • Ideal and effective neurostimulation protocols and parameters
  • Physiological and molecular mechanisms of learning and memory
  • Fear and anxiety
  • Behavioral motor recovery
  • Animal models of epilepsy and neuroplasticity
  • Comparative neuroanatomy

Research Lab Goals: Research supports the Center for Neuromodulation.

Current Research: Neural mechanisms of deep brain stimulation (DBS) in animal models, magnetic stimulation and other forms of non-invasive stimulation to study and treat movement disorders and other clinical ailments.

Research Techniques:
Scientific expertise includes: Microelectrode recording (MER) and stimulation of deep brain structures to optimize final DBS lead placement in patients, motor system physiology and anatomy, stimulation parameters to induce movement and facilitate recovery of motor deficit, sensorimotor and somatotopic mapping, epilepsy

Physiological skills: Microstimulation mapping (motor and sensory in rodents and primates), electrophysiological placement of stimulation and recording electrodes for chronic implantation, making electrodes and stimulation leads, cortical stimulation for induction of long-term potentiation and long-term depression

Anatomical skills: Developed flow fractionator (flow cytometry) for counting cells and neurons in neural tissue, light and fluorescence microscopy, immunohistochemistry, reconstruction and aliment of brain tissue sections, tissue perfusion and histological preparation

Behavioral skills:
Motor: Skilled forelimb reaching, ladder walking, unskilled pasta matrix forelimb reaching, stair reaching task, anxiety, resistance-to-capture, open field, spatial memory, morris water maze, y-maze

Depression: forced swim test

Background: Dr. Young has scientific expertise in motor and sensory systems neuroscience. She has more than 10 years of experience in mapping of cortical and subcortical motor and sensory systems that includes work in rodents, non-human primates and humans. A scientific expert in neurostimulation techniques, she has specialized experience as a clinical neurophysiologist and works closely with neurosurgeons to implant DBS leads in patients for Parkinson's disease, essential tremor, dystonia and OCD.

PhD: Behavioural Neuroscience/Psychology, University of Calgary
Advisor: Dr G. Cam Teskey

MSc: Behavioural Neuroscience/Psychology, University of Calgary
Advisor: Dr G. Cam Teskey

Postdoctoral Fellowship: Department of Psychology, Vanderbilt University
Advisor: Dr Jon Kaas Comparative

Primate Neuroanatomy and Evolutionary Psychology

2009 Certificate of Academic Excellence PhD thesis, Canadian Psychological Association
2007-2009 Doctoral Scholarship ($43,000), Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research
2007 Graduate Travel Award, University of Calgary
2005 Graduate Travel Award, University of Calgary
2005 Dean’s Research Excellence Award, University of Calgary
2004-2007 Doctoral Scholarship ($63,000), National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
2004 Dean’s Entrance Scholarship, Ph.D., University of Calgary
2004 Dean’s Research Excellence Award
2004 Graduate Travel Award, University of Calgary
2004 Graduate Student Scholarship, Alberta Provincial Government
2003 Graduate Travel Award, University of Calgary
2002 Beth Parker Memorial Summer Student Bursary, Epilepsy Canada
2002 Best Undergraduate Research Presentation, 14th Annual Canadian Spring Conference for Brain and Behavior
2001 Dean’s List, Faculty of Science, Dalhousie University
1998 Entrance Scholarship, B.Sc., Dalhousie University

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