Integrative Center for Wellness • Dr. Samoon Ahmad

The Science of Memory Extinction: Microglia and memory pruning

by Samoon Ahmad • February 17, 2020

As seen in Psychology Today. In “Funes the Memorious,” a short story by Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges, the narrator describes his relationship with the fictional character Ireneo Funes, who has suffered an accident that has left his body partially paralyzed. His memory, however, has been awoken to its full potential; Funes can remember everything […]

Vaping and EVALI: An examination of the facts

by Samoon Ahmad • January 31, 2020

As seen in Psychology Today. Since the summer of 2019, there have been thousands of reported cases of e-cigarette, or vaping, product use-associated lung injury (EVALI). While indeed alarming, numerous media outlets ran articles on the subject, thereby raising the alarm to a fever pitch. Concerns about the outbreak have since diminished, but there continues […]

The Anatomy of Insomnia: The neurological and psychological correlates of troubled sleep

by Samoon Ahmad • January 24, 2020

As seen in Psychology Today. Insomnia is the most common sleep condition in the world, with half of adults globally reporting occasional episodes. Chronic insomnia, though far less prevalent, affects as many as 10-15% of the adult population. Though these sleep problems are extremely common, the neurobiological mechanisms behind insomnia are not entirely understood. Research […]