Erika Dunn-Weiss

About Erika Dunn-Weiss

Erika Dunn-Weiss is a neuroscience Ph.D. student. Besides neuroscience, she has a love for pottery, art therapy, mentorship, and her superhero dog named Milo.

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A Blood Test for Alzheimer’s Disease? Breakthroughs and Limitations

A Blood Test for Alzheimer’s Disease? Breakthroughs and Limitations

Recently, researchers at Washington University, St. Louis made a significant breakthrough in developing a blood test for early indications of Alzheimer’s disease. But what exactly is Alzheimer’s disease, how prevalent is it, and why do we seem to be so far away from a treatment or cure? In this post, I provide an overview of(...)

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Responsibility Without Blame: An Interview with Philosopher Hanna Pickard

Responsibility Without Blame: An Interview with Philosopher Hanna Pickard

Hanna Pickard, D.Phil., is a professor and chair of philosophy of psychology at the University of Birmingham, and is a recently announced Johns Hopkins Bloomberg Distinguished Professor. Her work focuses on philosophy of mind, moral psychology and clinical ethics. Her philosophy is grounded in real-world issues, informed by her clinical experience and biomedical research, and(...)

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Underrepresented minority biomedical researchers: numbers, challenges and initiatives for change

Underrepresented minority biomedical researchers: numbers, challenges and initiatives for change

In 2012, the Advisory Committee to the Director Working Group on Diversity (ACDWGD) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) produced its first report. The committee stated plainly that diversity increases core scientific principles — creativity, innovation and rigor — and that the NIH had a responsibility as a publicly funded body to maintain the(...)

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Drifting Through the Dark

Drifting Through the Dark

I have never wanted to be an astronaut. The idea of hurtling upward in a rocket ship, crashing through the Earth’s atmosphere, and launching into the weightless, densely black sky with the knowledge that you might never return makes me feel a certain loneliness. Yet when friends and family ask what it’s like to do(...)

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