ask theory, neuroscience, jana quismundo

Hosted by EIC Mikael Angelo Francisco, Ask Theory shines the spotlight on Pinoy scientific brilliance, in a fun and entertaining “kwentuhan” format. Each episode of Ask Theory  features a Pinoy scientist from one of the various scientific disciplines. In a very casual conversation, guests explain what they do in simple terms, as well as share their fascinating stories: how they got into science, the challenges they face, what motivates them to pursue their fields, what future scientists from the Philippines can look forward to, and so much more.

Episode 61: Kalusugan Ng Kaisipan: Bakit Kailangang Pag-Usapan?

Jana Quismundo is a recent Master’s in Neuroscience graduate. Under the European Erasmus Mundus program, she spent the last two years in Germany and the Netherlands studying at the Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. She now works as a Scientific Officer for Genetic Cures for Kids, an Australian foundation working to accelerate the discovery of drug treatments and gene therapies for rare diseases.

We talked about why she decided to pursue neuroscience, fascinating facts about the human brain, misconceptions about depression and eating disorders, the importance of understanding neurological conditions, navigating through the challenges of grad school, and more.

How to contact Jana:

  • Email:
  • Facebook: jana.quismundo
  • Twitter: @janaquismundo
  • Society for Pinoy Neuroscience Enthusiasts: (Facebook), @ph_spine (Twitter)
  • Eating Disorder Awareness PH:

This episode of Ask Theory was made possible by the British Council in the Philippines, in support of their Women in STEM Scholarship program.

Tell a keen Filipina scientist you know about the British Council scholarships for Women in STEM and help them realise their dreams! Visit for more information on how to apply.

Listen to Ask Theory Episode 61 here:

(Full transcript to follow; watch this page for updates)

The Ask Theory Podcast is available via these platforms — make sure to subscribe, as we’ll be releasing a new episode every week:

Apple Podcasts
Google Podcasts:
Pocket Casts:

Music: Hopeful Cinematic Ambient by bdProductions; My Mysterious Planet by Free Music

Flipscience bookorder Flipscience book on Amazonpreorder