Exciting cells and controlling heartbeats – could optogenetics create drug-free treatments?

A laser-controlled brain or a heart that beats in time to a disco light display sound like some of the more vivid imaginings of science fiction writers. But scientists are gathering together tricks that may allow us to do just that – and they could be used to create drug-free therapies. This is the growing … Continue reading Exciting cells and controlling heartbeats – could optogenetics create drug-free treatments?

How have animals helped scientists fight diseases?

Since Speaking of Research was founded in 2008, we have produced over 800 posts, including over 200 posts that report scientific breakthroughs made possible thanks to studies on animals. However, finding information about how specific animals have helped fight specific diseases has not always been easy. Well fear no more, from Amphibians to Zebrafish,  Addiction … Continue reading How have animals helped scientists fight diseases?

Dr. Dettmer Goes to Washington, Part 2

Part 2 of a 4-part series in which a scientific researcher learns how science advocacy groups influence the legislative process. Read Part 1 about her experience at Hill Day here. On March 22, 2016, as part of my Society for Neuroscience (SfN) Early Career Policy Ambassador outreach activities, I met with Matt Bailey, Executive Vice … Continue reading Dr. Dettmer Goes to Washington, Part 2