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Portrait of Neuroscience

Philanthropic support has enabled Georgia Woods to focus on exploring the complexities of the human mind.

Woods’ doctoral research focuses on exploring how our brains develop and degrade, in the hopes of paving the way for finding cures for neurological diseases. It is philanthropy, however, that gives her peace of mind.

Woods received a scholar award from the ARCS (Achievement Rewards for College Scientists) Foundation for her research on synapse elimination and spine retraction. She is investigating how brain cells communicate, how our minds learn and remember, and how our brains allow us to develop into the people we become. Woods thinks the more scientists understand the biology behind these questions, the more likely they are to develop cures for neurological diseases.

“It takes time to complete a Ph.D.,” Woods said. “I cannot stress enough how helpful it has been to receive these positive philanthropic awards along the way and what important stepping stones they are for me to ultimately reach my goal.”

The award is important, Woods said, because it allows her to stay focused on her important research and not worry about making ends meet.

“I am honored to receive this award, not only for the generous financial support it offers,” she said, “but also because this recognition of my potential and achievements provides encouragement.”