Venture Philanthropy: A New Driver for Research, Proto, Summer 2013.
Disease foundations that use a venture capital model get a stake in the breakthroughs they fund. Not everyone thinks that’s a good idea.
Unlocking the Mystery of Consciousness, Dana Foundation, February 2013.
How research into the unconscious state induced by anesthesia is yielding clues to the very nature of consciousness itself.
Designer Drugs, Proto, Summer 2012.
“Large molecule” therapies, tailored to home in on otherwise untreatable ills, have become medicine’s hottest commodity.
On the Front Lines of ALS Research, Dana Foundation, September 2012.
Research into the causes of, and potential treatments for, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) has been agonizingly slow for patients and their families. And the reason? It’s a complicated disease that may have multiple pathways along which it develops. The newest research sheds some light on why ALS has remained such an elusive puzzle, and continues to give hope to those on the front lines.
A Light Bulb Moment in the Brain, MillerMcCune, September 12, 2011.
The new science of optogenetics uses genetic manipulation and light-activated proteins from algae and uses pulses of light to influence neural activity with unprecedented precision–and serious potential for neuroscience.
TBI: The Injured Brain, Proto, Summer 2011.
Traumatic brain injury affects 1.7 million Americans every year–from causes as diverse as car accidents, falls, sports injuries, and gunshot wounds. Scientists are only beginning to understand the scope of its damage and the length of recovery, and how best to help those who suffer from this life-altering disease.
Glia’s Hidden Talents, Proto, Spring 2011.
Misundersto od and underappreciated since the dawn of neuroscience, glia–the gray matter brain cells that make up the bulk of the brain–are being rediscovered. They are in key partnerships with neurons; fundamental to learning, memory and higher cognition; and implicated in neurodegenerative diseases, chronic pain, and spinal cord injury.
Gut Microbiota: Our Native Flora, Proto, Summer 2010.
Over 100 trillion tiny beings reside within our bodies: bacteria that help us digest our food, stimulate our immune system, and protect us from more-virulent bugs. But we’re killing them off en masse. What are the consequences?
iPad App ‘Proloquo2Go’ Gives the Gift of a Voice, MillerMcCune, September 10, 2010.
Expensive computers that help facilitate face-to-face communication have been overtaken by cool — and relatively cheap — “Proloquo2Go” software and devices like the iPad and iPod.
Protein Misfolding: Origami Medicine, Proto, Spring 2010.
When proteins misfold, the result is havoc in the cell. As researchers learn more about the intricacies of the protein-folding and quality-control network in the human cell, they are developing promising therapeutic avenues for maladies as diverse as cystic fibrosis and Parkinson’s disease.
Farming Garlic: The Good, the Bad, and the Rotten (PDF), Spezzatino, Vol. 9, Spring 2010.
Garlic seems like an easy-to-grow crop, but there are a few key things the would-be garlic farmer needs to know.
Farm to School at Lakeview Union School in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, CivilEats.com, November 2009.
A report on this small, rural school that developed a farm-to-school program to improve the quality and sustainability of the lunches it serves to its students.
I am a regular contributor to BioTechniques and here are those articles.
Clearing Hep C, Proto, Winter 2013.
Several drugs that stop the virus are nearing FDA approval.
Using a virus against itself, Dartmouth Medicine, Winter 2013.
With most pathogens, “you get better, or you die,” says David Lieb, Dartmouth microbiologist. Not so with herpes simplex virus.
New research from the Geisel School of Medicine and Dartmouth College shows that some rice, rice products, and well water contain arsenic levels above the safe limits set by the EPA.
Team dreams of reducing the crib-death rate, Dartmouth Medicine, Winter 2011.
A Dartmouth-based research team makes strides toward understanding the cause of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
MGH Research: Molecular Biology, Proto, Special Issue Fall 2011.
A series of articles with a focus on research in molecular biology at Massachusetts General Hospital, in the special issue commemorating the hospital’s bicentennial.
MGH Research: Genetics, Proto, Special Issue Fall 2011.
A series of articles with a focus on genetic research at Massachusetts General Hospital, in the special issue commemorating the hospital’s bicentennial.
Giving a Haitian a leg up on health–and life, Dartmouth Medicine, Fall 2011.
Partners in Health, a nonprofit organization providing health care to those who would otherwise go without, saved the life of a young man from Haiti.
A boost for the immune system, Dartmouth Medicine, Fall 2011.
A Dartmouth immunologist identifies a possible target for treating chronic viral infections in immunocompromised patients.
Movie scenes serve as signals to smoke, Dartmouth Medicine, Summer 2011.
Dartmouth scientists discover that simply watching people smoke cigarettes in movies primes smokers’ brains to crave a cigarette.
Back to Basics, Dartmouth Medicine, Fall 2012.
Profiles of Dartmouth researchers Allan Gulledge and Henry Higgs contributed by Lauren Ware.
Andrew Auerbach, ’92: The Reluctant Hospitalist, Dartmouth Medicine, Winter 2011.
A profile of Andrew Auerbach, a Dartmouth Medical School graduate who is one of the founding physicians behind the hospitalist movement.
Herbert Benson: The Mind’s Healing Power, Proto, Fall 2010.
A pioneer who put the mind body connection under the microscope of Western scientific standards, this interview looks at where Benson’s work is now, and where the future of mind body medicine may be headed.
Striking Unlucky, Proto, Spring 2009.
Confronted with my son’s diagnoses — three rare, unrelated disorders — I contemplate luck, good and bad.
Our Peeps (PDF), Wondertime, March 2009.
An account of our family’s experience raising laying hens, with plenty of how-to advice for those brave enough to take the poultry plunge.