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Camellia Sinensis as an Aid in Regenerative Nerve Therapy

Student: Joseph McNeil

District/Region: Strait District

Event: 2008 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Joseph is a student at Richmond Academy and his project, 'Camellia Sinensis as an Aid in Regenerative Nerve Therapy', investigated the effects of tea chemicals on regenerative nerve therapy.

The objectives of this project were to observe the effects of chemicals found in the Camellia sinensis (tea) plant on cells that represent the mammalian central nervous system (CNS). If the chemicals are shown to increase the rate of growth and overall health of the cells, there may be significant applications in pre-natal CNS development and in the treatment of some neurodegenerative disorders.

At his Regional Science Fair, Joseph won the First Place, a St. Francis Xavier Biology Department prize, and a Nova Scotia Institute of Science Medallion.

At Nationals Joseph was awarded a Silver Medal in Health Sciences, and brought home $8500 in scholarships from Dalhousie University ($2000), the University of Western Ontario ($1500), the University of British Columbia Science ($2000), and the University of Ottawa ($3000).

Congratulations, Joseph!

Joseph McNeil

Joseph McNeil - Camellia Sinensis as an Aid in Regenerative Nerve Therapy

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