June 1, 2022 Happy Pride Month! 🏳️🌈 Nearly a year ago, we wrote about the animal-research origins of puberty blockers and the lifesaving potential for these treatments for gender-diverse adolescents. With the wave of anti-LBGTQ legislation across states in recent weeks and months, including Florida's "Don't say gay" law and Alabama's banning of gender-affirming healthcare … Continue reading Evergreen: Puberty blockers are (still) all over the news (and laws). How did they come about?
June 4th 2021 June is Pride Month! 🏳️🌈 And this year, Pride Month follows a particularly tumultuous legislative period in the U.S with respect to LGBTQIA health. Recently, news about states introducing or passing legislation to restrict or ban the use of medical treatments aimed at treating transgender youth has been fast and furious. Lawmakers … Continue reading Puberty blockers are all over the news (and laws). How did they come about?
March 5th 2020 Once again, videos of monkeys in scientific research are generating headlines, reflecting the views of groups opposed to the use of animals in research. This time, videos from research aimed at identifying brain circuits involved in mental health studies conducted at the US National Institutes of Health are being misrepresented. Unfortunately, but … Continue reading Scientists to NIH leadership: Defend mental health research that is under attack
“Is it nature or nurture?” “How does that work? How can social experiences actually change someone’s brain?” “So early experiences matter, but how much? Is it reversible? How long does it last? Is there a way to change the course?” All of these are popular questions that I hear from students, community members, clinicians, and … Continue reading Bridging the gap: Monkey studies shed light on nature, nurture, and how experiences get under the skin