Author: Deirdre Sackett

A Stimulating Treatment for Drug Addiction

A Stimulating Treatment for Drug Addiction

Drug addiction is notoriously difficult to treat. Limited treatment options are available for those suffering from addiction, including behavioral therapy, rehabilitation programs, and medication. However, current drug addiction medications are only approved to treat opioid, tobacco, or alcohol abuse, leaving out many other drugs of…

FSCV: Measuring Electrochemical Chatter

FSCV: Measuring Electrochemical Chatter

Measuring Chemical Chatter If a brain could talk, what would it say? Probably nothing profound or understandable. Rather, it would emit a bustling clamor of messages between neurons. These messages are delivered by chemicals called neurotransmitters. Different groups of neurotransmitters serve unique roles in the…

Puff, Puff, Pass the Pufferfish: Drug Use in the Animal Kingdom

Puff, Puff, Pass the Pufferfish: Drug Use in the Animal Kingdom

Drug use is a fairly common, oftentimes problematic issue among humans. However, Homo sapiens isn’t the only species that likes to experiment with mind-altering substances. In the animal world, many species use questionable substances to get a little buzz. 1. Dolphins pass the puffer (fish)…

Expecting the Football Blues

Expecting the Football Blues

Following the Super Bowl, millions of football fans suddenly exhibit mood swings and odd behaviors. Symptoms include flipping aimlessly through TV channels on Sunday afternoons or a sudden obsession with watching over-the-top touchdown celebrations. What could possibly be causing this strange phenomenon? The answer lies…

Book Review: “57 Ways to Screw Up in Grad School”

Book Review: “57 Ways to Screw Up in Grad School”

If you’re like most graduate students, you’ve probably thought to yourself at one time or another, “I really hope I’m doing this whole grad school thing right.” Let it be known that you are not alone with these thoughts. If you’re concerned about wreaking havoc…

ROI Series: The Future of Therapeutics

It sounds like medicine from a futuristic, sci-fi hospital: nanoparticles that deliver drug therapies and cells that can fight cancer or promote organ regeneration. However, by combining engineering and pharmaceutical research, UNC-Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University are helping to bring the future of…