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Neuroscience and Society Focus Group

Our Neuroscience and Society department hosts monthly Focus Group Sessions, 1-hour long Zoom calls in which students/individuals from around the world will have the opportunity to share their thoughts about neuroscience and/or healthcare policy-related issues in their region with fellow peers. Guest speakers will also be invited periodically to share their expertise with the attendees. No prior experience is necessary and the sessions are 100% free to attend! Any students above the age of 13 years are welcome to attend.


Saturday, January 23rd @ 8 pm EST

Focus Group Session #1
Introduction to structure and open discussion

Saturday, February 27th @ 6 pm EST

Focus Group Session #2
Guest speaker: Dr. Maya Sapiurka

Dr. Maya Sapiurka is a Scientific Training and Policy Associate at the Society for Neuroscience where she creates scientific and professional development training programs and monitors developments in biomedical workforce and training policy. A graduate of the College of William and Mary, Dr. Sapiurka received her PhD in Neuroscience from the University of California, San Diego in 2016. Her dissertation on the brain structures involved in spatial working and long-term memory was completed in the labs of Drs. Robert E. Clark and Larry Squire. In her spare time, Dr. Sapiurka enjoys playing Dungeons and Dragons, reading, and talking about megafauna at the National Museum of Natural History Fossil Hall.

Saturday, April 17th @ 5 pm ET

Focus Group Session #3
Guest speakers: Students from the Neuroscience and Public Policy program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Grace George is a third-year graduate student in UW-Madison's Neuroscience and Public Policy Program. She is interested in parent-child interactions of children with PTSD and how these interactions change neural and psychophysiological development over time. She uses machine learning, fMRI, and physiological measures to answer these questions. In terms of policy, she is very interested in educational and social policy for children with mental health and developmental disorders. 


  • Who can register to attend the focus groups?

    • Any students above the age of 13 years are welcome to join!

  • Where are these events being hosted?

    • Online/virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Is there a registration fee for the focus groups?

    • Nope! No payment of any kind involved thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and the efforts of the organizing team here at Simply Neuroscience.

  • How can I support these events?
    • We would love it if you could share on social media (tag us!) and let friends and family know! If you are able to financially support us with logistical costs, please consider donating to Simply Neuroscience (a fiscally sponsored student-run organization with 501(c)(3) status.
  • Is it okay if I cannot attend the entire session?

    • Absolutely! Feel free to drop in, even if it is just for a few minutes.

  • How can I receive updates about the upcoming focus group sessions?

    • Sign up on the form above, follow @simplyneuroscience on Instagram, and subscribe to the Simply Neuroscience newsletter.

  • Whom should I contact if I have any other questions?​

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