Archer’s annual STEM Symposium is an opportunity for Los Angeles high school students who have completed independent or small group projects in STEM to present their findings. Students are invited to present their research in the fields of molecular biology, chemistry, physics, and engineering.

The Archer RISE Award honors exceptional young women for their innovative scientific research or engineering design projects that further existing knowledge or develop solutions to pressing scientific challenges. Finalists for the RISE Award are noted in throughout the online program and will be awarded at lunch on May 21.

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Saturday, May 21 • 9:15am - 10:30am
The Effect of Musa acuminata Supplement on Dopamine Levels and Locomotory Behavior in Parkinsons

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Musa Acuminata, a dopamine-rich banana native to Southeast Asia, may be a new supplement for Parkinson's (PD) patients. In PD patients, dopamine neurons die rapidly, catalyzing neurodegeneration and diminishing motor control. Through trials using different concentrations of banana supplement in nematodes with the LRRK2 PD mutation, the dopamine levels, locomotory behavior, and oxidative stress levels will be measured to study the efficacy of a natural supplement on treating a PD gene mutation.


Sarah Boehm

The Archer School for Girls
The Archer School for Girls; Grade 12

Saturday May 21, 2016 9:15am - 10:30am PDT
Dining Hall