Welcome to the jakestar movemnt!

Focus on your process, engaging is the key

All jakestar knows is that focusing on the process of learning and not the potential outcomes is the core tenet to the jakestar movemnt. The eventual goal is to create a neuroscience based philosophy in support of that line of thinking, but one step at a time for now.



Dr. Jake Rogers is a Nova Scotian neuroscientist.

He is currently working as a Rutherford Fellow in Neurotechnology in the Department of Biooengineering at Imperial College London. He is performing in vivo calcium imaging experiments in head-fixed mice while they navigate through a real-world “floating” environment. For more information click here or watch here.

This is jakestar’s final PhD oration recorded August 23rd, 2016 at the Melbourne Brain Centre in front of a large audience who watched the talk in the Ian Potter Auditorium at The University of Melbourne. The introduction to his talk outlines his philosophical thinking quite well, watching through the first 4 slides (4 mins 45 s) will give you the gist of it 😉

“A tour de force” according to the former director of The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, who man-hugged the soon to be Dr. Jake Rogers when he finished question time- to jakestar’s knowledge the only time this lovely thing has occurred after a PhD oration (see picture below).


Rogers J, Renoir T, Hannan AJ (2019). Gene-environment interactions informing therapeutic approaches to cognitive and affective disorders. Neuropharmacology 145: 37-48

Rogers J (2017). Dissociating therapeutic effects of exercise and environmental enrichment in mouse models of serotonergic dysfunction.

Yeshurun, S, Rogers, J, Short, A, Renoir, T, Pang, T and Hannan, A (2017) Elevated paternal glucocorticoid exposure modifies memory retention in female offspring. Psychoneuroendocrinology 83: 9-183.

Rogers, J, Li, S, Lanfumey, L, Hannan, Aand Renoir, T (2017) Environmental enrichment reduces innate anxiety with no effect on depression-like behaviour in mice lacking the serotonin transporter. Behavioural brain research 332: 355-361.4.

Rogers, J, Churilov, L, Hannan, A, & Renoir, T (2017) Search strategy selection in the Morris water maze demonstrates allocentric map formation during spatial learning that underpins spatial memory formation. Neurobiology of learning and memory 139: 37-49.5.

Rogers, J, Vo, U, Pang, T, Buret, L, Meiklejohn, H, Zeleznikow-Johnston, A, Churilov, L,van den Buuse, M, Hannan, A, & Renoir, T (2016) Dissociating the therapeutic effects of environmental enrichment and exercise in a mouse model of anxiety with cognitive impairment. Translational psychiatry 6(4): e794

To access full text articles connect on researchgate 😉


This site is under construction and will continue to evolve over the coming years. At present, it is mainly a safe space to host “experience lost: the jakestar movemnt podcast”.

After 8 years of stability living with bipolar mood disorder, jakestar was sectioned on the John Cade unit of the Royal Melbourne hospital in February of 2017 because the intensity of his manic state had made him a danger to himself and to society. This was his first hospitalisation since the winter of 2008. The podcast captures jakestar’s struggles to return to even keel after he was discharged while experiencing acute manic relapses and unpredictable bouts of acute bipolar depression. In that time, despite the instability in his mood state, jakestar finished his PhD thesis, graduating in April 2018, and has begun to work professionally as a neuroscientist at Imperial College London. The podcast structure is stream of consciousness, where jakestar simply goes for a walk and begins talking (while recording his voice through his bose headphones). Apologies if the levels are low and/or inconsistent across episodes.

I hope you find these recordings useful if you also struggle with managing a mental illness, as jakestar’s struggle to find even keel again is still an ongoing process that tends to dominate the podcasts. Hidden among the mood journal type focus, jakestar is still trying to figure out what the jakestar movemnt actually is. jakestar recommends that you start from the first episodes as the pods are quasi serial in content 😉

Bipolar mood disorder, or manic depression, involves periods of both depression and mania. They can both be extremely destructive when severe in nature. jakestar was diagnosed in the winter of 2001.




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