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Welcome to In Plain English, where we're making science approachable, open source, and jargon free! I'm your host, Jamie Moffa, and every episode I bring on an expert in a field of research, and two guests who know nothing about the subject. Together, we'll learn about exciting topics, like what dinosaurs sounded like, or whether psychedelic drugs can treat depression. And in between full length episodes, I feature bonus interviews with scientists on their own, cutting-edge research! Subscribe to learn about all this and more, "In Plain English!"

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Welcome to In Plain English, where we're making science approachable, open source, and jargon free! I'm your host, Jamie Moffa, and every episode I bring on an expert in a field of research, and two guests who know nothing about the subject. Together, we'll learn about exciting topics, like what dinosaurs sounded like, or whether psychedelic drugs can treat depression. And in between full length episodes, I feature bonus interviews with scientists on their own, cutting-edge research! Subscribe to learn about all this and more, "In Plain English!"

    Interviews in Pain Research, Part 6

    Interviews in Pain Research, Part 6

    In April 2024, I attended the conference for the United States Association for the Study of Pain (USASP) in Seattle, Washington. This episode is the sixth in a series of interviews I conducted there, and features research on endogenous opioids - opioids that your brain makes - and the connection between pain and alcohol use disorder.

    View the posters here: https://inplainenglishpod.org/2024/07/16/season-3-episode-23-interviews-in-pain-research-part-6/

    Interview 1: Kathryn Braden, a postdoctoral fellow at Washington University, on how brainstem opioids affect pain sensation.

    Interview 2: Yolanda Campos Jurado, a postdoctoral fellow at Washington University, on the connection between chronic pain and alcohol use disorder.

    In Plain English has a Discord server! Join ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠here ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠to chat with other listeners, past experts, and guests about science, suggest new episode topics, and more!

    Remember to follow In Plain English on ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Facebook ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠, ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Twitter⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠, and ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Instagram ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠to keep up with the latest announcements! If you are able, please consider ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠becoming a Patron⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ to help support In Plain English!

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    Intro/Outro music credit: Sam Brunwasser (⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://soundcloud.com/visualsnowbeats⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠)

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    • 18 min
    Rigor "In Plain English" - LIVE at UPenn

    Rigor "In Plain English" - LIVE at UPenn

    Scientific rigor is an incredibly important topic...but what does rigor actually mean? And how can we create communities where rigor is the norm? Join Konrad Kording, Kaela Singleton, Arjun Raj, and me for the first ever In Plain English live show, where we discuss these issues and more!

    Kaela Singleton is a Black, Samoan, Queer neuroscientist who founded the nonprofit Black in Neuro and directs the organization's Grants Management department. She completed her PhD in neuroscience at Georgetown and did a postdoc at Emory University.

    Arjun Raj is a professor of Bioengineering and Genetics at the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to developing new imaging techniques, his lab has a strong focus on science communication and open source resources. He also runs a blog discussing issues in scientific rigor and reproducibility.

    Konrad Kording is a Professor of Psychology at UPenn and the team lead for Community for Rigor. His lab uses computational approaches to study the brain.

    View on the website: https://inplainenglishpod.org/2024/07/02/season-3-episode-22-rigor-in-plain-english-live/

    In Plain English now has a Discord server! Join ⁠⁠here ⁠⁠to chat with other listeners, past experts, and guests about science, suggest new episode topics, and more!

    Remember to follow In Plain English on ⁠⁠Facebook ⁠⁠, ⁠⁠Twitter⁠⁠, and ⁠⁠Instagram ⁠⁠to keep up with the latest announcements! If you are able, please consider ⁠⁠becoming a Patron⁠⁠ to help support In Plain English!

    And check out our ⁠⁠Where to Listen⁠⁠ page to subscribe to our podcast on your favorite platform!

    Intro/Outro music credit: Sam Brunwasser (⁠⁠https://soundcloud.com/visualsnowbeats⁠⁠)

    Logo credit: Biographics (Jessica Higginbotham, Tania Lintz, and Yolanda Campos Jurado)

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Interviews in Pain Research, Part 5

    Interviews in Pain Research, Part 5

    In April 2024, I attended the conference for the United States Association for the Study of Pain (USASP) in Seattle, Washington. This episode is the fifth in a series of interviews I conducted there, and features novel animal models for studying back pain, innovative research into diabetic nerve pain using human tissue, and early studies into the link between facial pain and nervous system dysregulation.

    View the posters: https://inplainenglishpod.org/2024/06/18/season-3-episode-21-interviews-in-pain-research-part-5/

    Interview 1: Aleyah Goins, a PhD student at the University of New Mexico, on a new mouse model for studying the role of the immune system in low back pain.

    Interview 2: Ishwarya Sankaranarayanan, a postdoctoral fellow at UT Dallas, on how human tissue from organ donors can help us understand the underlying causes of diabetic nerve pain.

    Interview 3: Hong Chen, an assistant professor at Ohio State University, on the connection between facial pain and nervous system dysfunction.

    In Plain English has a Discord server! Join ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠here ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠to chat with other listeners, past experts, and guests about science, suggest new episode topics, and more!

    Remember to follow In Plain English on ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Facebook ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠, ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Twitter⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠, and ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Instagram ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠to keep up with the latest announcements! If you are able, please consider ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠becoming a Patron⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ to help support In Plain English!

    And check out our ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Where to Listen⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ page to subscribe to our podcast on your favorite platform!

    Intro/Outro music credit: Sam Brunwasser (⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://soundcloud.com/visualsnowbeats⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠)

    Logo Credit: BioGraphics (biographicsco@gmail.com)

    • 26 min
    Interviews in Pain Research, Part 4

    Interviews in Pain Research, Part 4

    In April 2024, I attended the conference for the United States Association for the Study of Pain (USASP) in Seattle, Washington. This episode is the fourth in a series of interviews I conducted there, and features research on the role of gene regulation in chronic pain, the intersection of HIV, sleep, and pain, and rates of opioid use disorder treatment among veterans.

    Link to RSVP to the In Plain English Live Show tomorrow: https://bit.ly/3WDmdbd?r=qr

    See the posters on the website: https://inplainenglishpod.org/2024/06/11/season-3-episode-20-interviews-in-pain-research-part-4/

    Interview 1: Nathaniel Hernandez, a PhD candidate at Duke University, on the role of gene regulation in chronic primary pain syndromes like migraine headaches or fibromyalgia.

    Interview 2: Shannon Gilstrap, a PhD student at the University of Alabama Birmingham, on the intersection between HIV, sleep, and chronic pain.

    Interview 3: Jessica Wyse, a researcher at Oregon Health and Sciences University, on how previous use of opioids to treat chronic pain affects rates of medication treatment for opioid use disorder.

    In Plain English has a Discord server! Join ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠here ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠to chat with other listeners, past experts, and guests about science, suggest new episode topics, and more!

    Remember to follow In Plain English on ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Facebook ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠, ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Twitter⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠, and ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Instagram ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠to keep up with the latest announcements! If you are able, please consider ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠becoming a Patron⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ to help support In Plain English!

    And check out our ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Where to Listen⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ page to subscribe to our podcast on your favorite platform!

    Intro/Outro music credit: Sam Brunwasser (⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://soundcloud.com/visualsnowbeats⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠)

    Logo Credit: BioGraphics (biographicsco@gmail.com)

    • 20 min
    Personalized Therapy for Autoimmune Diseases

    Personalized Therapy for Autoimmune Diseases

    In autoimmune disease, your own immune system turns against you. But advances in immunology research reveal a promising new kind of treatment: targeting rogue immune cells with...other immune cells! In this episode, expert Clarice Pavlak and guests Johari Hunt and Andrew Holder discuss how this treatment, called CAR-T cells, works, the wide range of diseases it could treat, and the benefits and drawbacks of personalized medicine.

    Download the paper: https://inplainenglishpod.org/2024/06/04/season-3-episode-19-personalized-therapy-for-autoimmune-diseases/

    Come see the In Plain English live show on June 12th! RSVP here: https://bit.ly/3WDmdbd?r=qr

    In Plain English now has a Discord server! Join ⁠⁠here ⁠⁠to chat with other listeners, past experts, and guests about science, suggest new episode topics, and more!

    Remember to follow In Plain English on ⁠⁠Facebook ⁠⁠, ⁠⁠Twitter⁠⁠, and ⁠⁠Instagram ⁠⁠to keep up with the latest announcements! If you are able, please consider ⁠⁠becoming a Patron⁠⁠ to help support In Plain English!

    And check out our ⁠⁠Where to Listen⁠⁠ page to subscribe to our podcast on your favorite platform!

    Intro/Outro music credit: Sam Brunwasser (⁠⁠https://soundcloud.com/visualsnowbeats⁠⁠)

    Logo credit: Biographics (Jessica Higginbotham, Tania Lintz, and Yolanda Campos Jurado)

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Interviews in Pain Research, Part 3

    Interviews in Pain Research, Part 3

    In April 2024, I attended the conference for the United States Association for the Study of Pain (USASP) in Seattle, Washington. This episode is the third in a series of interviews I conducted there, and features research on Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, understanding arthritis using an "organ-on-a-chip", and how autoimmune diseases cause chronic pain.

    See the posters here: inplainenglishpod.org/2024/05/21/season-3-episode-18-interviews-in-pain-research-part-3/

    Interview 1: Amy Nippert, a researcher at Stanford, on the role of non-neuronal brain cells called astrocytes in Complex Regional Pain Syndrome.

    Interview 2: Matias Preisegger, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pittsburgh, on developing a joint-on-a-chip to study osteoarthritis.

    Interview 3: Lubya Salih, a graduate student at St. Louis University, on how antibodies in autoimmune diseases cause chronic pain.

    In Plain English has a Discord server! Join ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠here ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠to chat with other listeners, past experts, and guests about science, suggest new episode topics, and more!

    Remember to follow In Plain English on ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Facebook ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠, ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Twitter⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠, and ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Instagram ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠to keep up with the latest announcements! If you are able, please consider ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠becoming a Patron⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ to help support In Plain English!

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    Intro/Outro music credit: Sam Brunwasser (⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://soundcloud.com/visualsnowbeats⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠)

    • 23 min

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