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Soren Emerson

Neuroscience

Vanderbilt University

Soren Emerson is a an entering first year PhD student in the Vanderbilt University neuroscience program. He previously attended, and graduated from, Davidson College with a B.S. in neuroscience. He conducted three years of independent research at Davidson College under the mentorship of Dr. Mark Smith, a behavioral pharmacologist, and Dr. Rachid El Bejjani, a C. elegans neurobiologist. His research modeled the genetic and molecular mechanism of cocaine in C. elegans and the results of the project yielded a first author publication. At Vanderbilt, Soren plans to continue his research career in neuropharmacology.

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Tapering off opioids is treacherous for mental health

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A large-scale study shows how the opioid epidemic has created downstream negative health outcomes

New machine learning approach can identify your circadian rhythm from a blood sample

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Doctors do not currently monitor a person's circadian rhythms because there is not an efficient way to measure them

Drinking way, way too much coffee might shrink your brain

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Up to five cups of coffee per day seems to be fine. Six or more? Your brain is going to feel it

What nematodes laying eggs tells us about how cocaine affects the brain

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New research uncovers a link between cocaine and acetylcholine that could eventually lead to new treatments for addiction

Drug overdose deaths in the US jumped nearly 30 percent in 2020

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The story behind these numbers is complex, but opioids have played a major role

Modified tree resins prevent zebrafish from having seizures

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Could these resins also be used to treat epilepsy in humans?

Laughing gas could be the next tool against treatment-resistant depression

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A small clinical trial shows promise for people who don't find relief from antidepressants

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Could blockchain technology protect patients from counterfeit medication?

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Not so fast. We should be wary of trying to science our way out of large-scale health issues

Simon Spichak

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New drug addresses long overlooked "negative" symptoms of schizophrenia

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A data-driven search found a compound that shows promising results in early trials

Elizabeth Burnette

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We must reckon with our ableism if we want healthcare to work for people

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People who had COVID-19 may need long-term care — the US healthcare system isn't ready

Olivia Bernard

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The lab-leak hypothesis for COVID-19 is becoming a conspiracy theory

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To explain where SARS-CoV-2 came from, look at processes with scientific explanations and precedents

Dan Samorodnitsky

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