March, 2017

Cerebrum Podcast: Examining The Causes Of Autism - With David G. Amaral, Ph.D.


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In our Cerebrum article, “Examining the Causes of Autism,” David G. Amaral, Ph.D., founding research director of the MIND Institute at UC Davis and Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, writes that autism has both a genetic and environmental component, and that it’s very likely that someone who is autistic is born that way. In this podcast, Amaral explains his reasoning behind those conclusions and explores a whole range of other issues: the challenges of autism research, what inspired him to focus on the disorder, his thoughts on gene modification, environmental factors pregnant mothers may wish to avoid, why it is important for autistic adults to find their place in communities, and more.
February, 2017

Cerebrum Podcast: Finding the Hurt in Pain - With Irene Tracey, Ph.D.


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In our Cerebrum article, “Finding the Hurt in Pain,” Irene Tracey, head of the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Oxford, writes that pain is unique to every person, and difficult to quantify and treat. Whether it is delivered as a jolt or a persistent, dull ache, pain is guaranteed to affect one’s quality of life. Our podcast examines how brain imaging is opening our eyes to the richness and complexity of the pain experience, giving us extraordinary insight into the neurochemistry, network activity, wiring, and structures relevant to producing and modulating painful experiences in all their various guises. Tracey also discusses how imaging pain is having an increasing impact in the judiciary and in resolving end-of-life issues.
December, 2016

Cerebrum Podcast: Understanding the Terrorist Mind - With Emile Bruneau, Ph.D.


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In our Cerebrum article, “Understanding the Terrorist Mind,” Emile Bruneau writes about working to bring the tools of science to bear on the problem of intergroup conflict by characterizing cognitive biases. Bruneau, Ph.D., is a researcher and lecturer at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. In this podcast, he addresses issues such as what constitutes terrorism, the role of social media, the link between brain imaging and behavior, and conflict resolution programs.
October, 2016

Cerebrum Podcast: The Evolving View of Astrocytes - With Philip G. Haydon, Ph.D.


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In our October Cerebrum article, “The Evolving View of Astrocytes,” Philip G. Haydon writes about a type of glial cell that is prevalent in the cortex—the astrocyte. Haydon, Ph.D., is the Annetta and Gustav Grisard Professor and chair of the neuroscience department at Tufts University School of Medicine. In this podcast, he discusses the role of astrocytes in brain function and their potential to effect sleep, learning, and memory.
September, 2016

Cerebrum Podcast: The Human Connectome Project: Progress and Prospects - With David Van Essen, Ph.D., and Matthew Glasser, Ph.D.


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In our September Cerebrum article, “The Human Connectome Project: Progress and Prospects,” David Van Essen, Ph.D., and Matthew Glasser, Ph.D., write about an ambitious six-year collaboration between neuroscientists at various institutions to map the brain with the help of 1,200 volunteers and ever evolving magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology. In this podcast, the pair discuss their role, some of the unexpected surprises, and what they hope to discover in the project’s next phase.
July, 2016

Cerebrum Podcast: Drinking Water and the Developing Brain - With Ellen K. Silbergeld, Ph.D.


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In her July Cerebrum article, “Drinking Water and the Developing Brain,” Ellen K. Silbergeld, Ph.D., a professor in epidemiology, environmental health sciences, and health policy and management at John Hopkins University and a recipient of the MacArthur Foundation “genius” award, writes about harmful contaminants that have been identified in our drinking water and others that have yet to be evaluated, much less regulated. Her podcast examines the Clean Water Act, the calamity in Flint, Michigan, and how to uncover whether your drinking water is safe.
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