As scientists push to reach broader audiences and better communicate the science behind their leading technologies, there has been an uptick in the market supporting the emerging business of scientific communication. Organizations are coming to realize that effective communication between companies and their stakeholders, including investors, policymakers, and the general public is critical to their […]
Is Alcohol Use Disorder virtually solved?
by Zach Hoisington | May 11, 2023
Alcohol use is common in the United States. The vast majority of adults (84.0%) have drunk alcohol at some point in their lifetime, with most of them (79.5%) reporting having a drink in the last year. Many social events rely on the presence of alcohol, and most attend these events without alcohol disrupting their lives. […]
There’s an app for that: Digital Therapeutics
by Meagan Hamblin | June 21, 2023
Sometimes a medical condition can be cured with a single surgery or a course of medications. But many illnesses — like diabetes, asthma, and chronic pain — require long-term treatment and management. Recognizing the assistive potential of smart phones and other personal computing devices, some doctors have begun recommending apps to help patients track their […]
Toward an equitable and inclusive science communication landscape
by Kelly Montgomery | June 16th, 2021
Science trainees, have you considered a career in technology transfer?
by Nnamdi Nelson, PhD | May 29th, 2021
When I was younger, I regularly watched science documentaries and was inspired by how scientific breakthroughs could improve lives. Over the years, my admiration for scientists and the scientific process grew and led me to pursue a graduate degree in neuroscience. As I continue on my educational journey and training, I’ve realized that it takes […]
Privacy vs Public Health: How can we use patient data for societal good?
by Navya Pothamsetty, MPH | May 11th, 2021
From Netflix’s The Social Dilemma and scandals like Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica partnership, there’s no shortage of media warnings against user data collection. The news is flooded with stories covering the way companies collect, store, and sell our data as we shop, play, and socialize online. Most of these narratives underscore the ways companies profit from […]
Modern Solutions for the Agriculture Industry Using CRISPR Gene Editing
by Cally Xiao, PhD | May 11th, 2021
About 10,000 years ago, […] Sapiens began to devote almost all their time and effort to manipulating the lives of a few animal and plant species. From sunrise to sunset humans sowed seeds, watered plants, plucked weeds from the ground and led sheep to prime pastures. This work, they thought, would provide them with more […]
by Alexandra Ramsey | November 24th, 2020
Engaging in constant retail therapy or following the latest fashion trends might soon lead to a bacterial cellulose sweater in your dresser or a pair of mushroom-based Adidas sneakers in your closet. Big-name clothing brands around the world are starting to partner with biotechnology companies, paving the way for a bio-revolution in the textiles industry. […]
The Challenges of COVID-19 Human Challenge Trials
by Stephanie Holden, PhD | November 23rd, 2020
Would you be willing to voluntarily get infected with a virus for the chance to help advance a vaccine? COVID-19 has killed over a million people worldwide, spurring vaccine development at an unprecedented pace, but for many it still doesn’t feel fast enough. If you’re relatively young and healthy, this may be all the more […]
Custom nutrition: Are your genes the only diet plan you need?
by Hayley McCausland, BS | August 20, 2020
According to CDC estimates, 139 million American adults (42%) are obese and 34 million Americans have diabetes. Every year, Americans spend upwards of $60 billion on gym memberships, diet plans, and other services dedicated to weight loss. But for many, sticking to a diet is a problem, and for some, knowing where to start can be challenging. Could a personalized diet plan based on genetic testing and real-time monitoring be a helpful tool?
How telehealth is transforming healthcare in the COVID-19 era
by Nnamdi Nelson, PhD | August 18, 2020
Telehealth has become a broad term used to describe the use of distance telecommunications to deliver medical care, encompassing preventative care, diagnosis, disease management, and patient education.