Christine Ibrahim, Pharmacology and Toxicology
Year of Study: Year 2 PhD
Student’s Name: Christine Ibrahim
Graduate Department: Pharmacology and Toxicology
Country of Residence: Canada
Why Faculty of Medicine: I chose the Faculty of Medicine because it allowed me to pursue an area of research that I am passionate about. In addition, this faculty has an incredible reputation and has world-renowned scientists from whom I wanted to learn from.
Why this Department: For my Bachelors, I completed a double major in Psychology and Health and Disease and when looking for a graduate program to apply to, I was looking for something that combined these two fields. In doing my research, I found that the department of Pharmacology and Toxicology gave me that exact opportunity. Within this department, many supervisors were affiliated with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, which was very appealing to me. I was able to find a supervisor that worked on clinical research for treatments for drug addiction and that was exactly what I was looking for.
Current Research Experience: I am currently conducting clinical research at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. I am investigating a combined treatment approach to smoking cessation using both varenicline and deep repeated transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) to the insula. With the advancement of technology, we are now able to target deep brain areas non-invasively, such as the insula, which has growing evidence for its involvement in addiction.
Future Education Plans and/or Career Goals: My current focus is to complete my PhD degree. However, once I graduate I hope to continue doing research in the pharmaceutical industry.
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