Scholar Profile : Cameron Waites

Cameron Waites

Course: M.Sc.(C) Neuroscience
College: Pembroke
Nationality: United States
Status: Alum
Scholarship Year: 2012

Academic Interests
My long-term research interests are on potential mechanisms of repair and neuroregeneration following brain injury. One of the most promising avenues of approach to this problem is in harnessing the brain's inherent capabilities for repair, a resilience that decreases with age. Understanding this resilience as well as the degenerative mechanisms of brain injury-related pathology may lead to better and complete recovery over the lifetime of the afflicted individual. At Oxford, I am learning about the current state of neuroscience knowledge in the classroom while also conducting two research projects - the first studying neocortical lineage development, and the second looking at molecular mechanisms of axoglial signaling after injury - to help advance me towards a career following these interests.

About me
Born and raised in Michigan, USA, I left active duty in August 2008 after serving as a U.S. Army medic in Iraq and Washington State since 2004. As an Honors Program student at the University of Michigan-Flint, I was fortunate to be actively engaged at the local, state, and national levels as a mentor, volunteer, and advocate working with organizations and individuals on a range of issues from government support of research funding, veterans needs, social justice, healthcare. I completed B.S. degrees in health sciences and psychology and spent over a year conducting research on allergic inflammation at the U.S. National Institutes of Health. Since having arrived at Oxford and like many before me, I have taken up the sport of rowing with gusto. Perhaps like others, too, I have found that when it comes to highly technical sports, I am quite the slow learner. But all bad form and technique aside, I enjoy spending the remainder of my time out and about exploring Oxford and the UK with my family. To be sure, were it not for the generous support of the Clarendon Fund and the scholarship that I received, none of this would have been financially possible and, for this especially, I am incredibly grateful.