Self care and self compassion in academia

I wrote a short post about my mental health and self-compassion in academia. Not to complain, but to encourage others to tell their story about it. I just want you to know that you're not alone. I...

How noisy environments can impact those with hearing loss

I have severe-profound bilateral hearing loss and have worn powerful hearing aids ever since I was diagnosed in early childhood. While...

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A small bet, at the right time and place

I arrived at OHSU in 2013, a newly appointed Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine at the Knight Cardiovascular Institute. I had just completed my...

The caregiver perspective: Jennifer’s story

My husband, Charles, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2010. He was 65. Over the next six years, my role changed as his disease progressed: I went from supportive care partner to supportive...

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Nourish your neurons during the 2018 Brain Awareness Season

What are the ingredients we need to maximize our brains' potential? This year, our 2018 Brain Awareness Season lecture series explores the critical influence nourishing the brain has on our daily...

Researcher credits Tax Checkoff Grant for work/life flexibility

I am a (mostly) stay at home mom. I spend my days playing with my 15-month-old son while simultaneously keeping our house running. We go to the library, play at parks, listen to music, read books,...

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Year in review: The most popular “On the Brain” posts of 2017

As we welcome in 2018, here’s a look back at the ten most popular posts of 2017. 1. A strong neuroscience program is about to get stronger—meet leaders and researchers at the...

Brain donation at OHSU

If a patient has a brain disease, usually the family will donate the brain for study after death for a couple of reasons. The first is to find out the final diagnosis. The second is to understand...