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Students, veterans gain research experience as they study PTSD

Ivan Castro and Stephen Glatt, PhDStudents and veterans in Central New York benefit from an annual National Science Foundation summer program. Research Experiences for Undergraduates is a program that matches students with mentors from Upstate Medical University, SUNY Oswego or Syracuse University as they research trauma, specifically post-traumatic stress disorder, explains project manager Ivan Castro (at left in photo). Castro, who took part in REU as an undergrad, describes his study of how a positive upbringing relates to resilience in the face of trauma, and he notes that half of the REU students are veterans, who can contribute first-person experience with trauma. Castro‘s mentor, Upstate neuroscientist Stephen Glatt, PhD (at right), tells how Castro‘s work fits into his own research of how genetics and upbringing influence one‘s risk of getting PTSD.

 

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