Honors Scholars Collaborative Projects

Publication Date

Spring 4-25-2022


The nervous system is a complex network in our body that is responsible for actions, reflexes, and even sensations. With the brain being part of the CNS, many common nervous system disorders are due to a defect in the central nervous system and the functions of this organ. These disorders include mental health problems, degenerative diseases, seizures, infections, and other possible genetic diseases. Many of these diseases are common in society and constantly researched. Even though these diseases are common, treatment accessibility and effects on people of minority groups are overlooked compared to the focus on majority groups. For drug development for these diseases to advance in the right directions, it is important to include minority groups in the discussion. In this study, the disorders looked at were Parkinson’s Disease, depression, bipolar disorder, and ADHD. These disorders are common in society and commonly associated with the nervous system. There is a variety of medications available for treatment that have proven to work. Research has shown that minority groups, though, struggle to get access to these medications in various forms. The common minority groups that are marginalized are based off race, sexual orientation, gender, and socioeconomic class.

Faculty Advisor

Dr. Nick Ragsdale

Document Type

Honors Thesis