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What Does It Mean to Be a “Chemical Neuroscientist”? 

ACS Chemical Neuroscience is proud to sponsor Neuroscience 2019, in the beautiful city of Chicago! You can find us in the exhibit hall at booth #2018 from Sunday, October 20th through Wednesday, October 23rd. Last year, we had fun engaging with prospective authors, readers and interested attendees during our #ACSLEGO campaign. This year, we invite you back to our booth to participate in #IAmAChemicalNeuroscientist!

What does it mean to be a “chemical neuroscientist”? 

Members of the ACS Chemical Neuroscience Editorial Board share their answers:

Craig Lindsley, Editor-in-Chief, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

“Chemical Neuroscience encompasses all domains of neuropharmacology, neurobiology, CNS imaging modalities, analytical neurochemistry, CNS-focused medicinal chemistry, CNS-inspired bioengineering, CNS infectious disease and neuro-oncology.  To me, being a ‘chemical neuroscientist’ means engaging in basic and translational CNS research, employing diverse tools and techniques, to both better understand and unravel the complexities of the brain, as well as the development of new chemical probes and therapeutics to address major unmet medical needs.  Beyond this, being a ‘chemical neuroscientist’ also means to me that I hold core expertise in one domain of chemical neuroscience, while embracing and collaborating with researchers in other areas to solve challenging problems and bring ‘big team’ science to bear on the discipline.  I am a chemical neuroscientist, and I hope my CNS drug discovery research will benefit patients in the near future.”


Catherine Abbott, Associate Editor, The University of Edinburgh

“While I am a geneticist, to me being a ‘chemical neuroscientist’ means having the chance to get at the basic molecular biology underlying complex neurological conditions. The many ways in which tiny shifts in a single protein in the cell can lead to profound network disturbance is a constant source of amazement to me. Of course, being a chemical neuroscientist also means that we have the chance to design rational ways to intervene in some of these disorders, and the chance to make a real difference to people’s lives.”


Anne Andrews, Associate Editor, University of California, Los Angeles

“It’s been said that Life is chemistry plus a little electricity. Nowhere is this more true than in the brain. From this perspective, all neuroscientists are Chemical Neuroscientists! Whether they study molecules, cells, or circuits, the fundamental basis of brain function arises from intracellular and extracellular neuronal and glial chemistries. On a personal level, #IAmAChemical Neuroscientist because I design, develop, and deploy new methods to quantify neurochemical signaling at increasing spatial, temporal, and chemical scales. I hope to enable understanding of how information is encoded in chemical neurotransmission underlying emotions and their dysfunction in neuropsychiatric diseases.”


Jacob M. Hooker, Associate Editor, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School

“Brain function is one of the most complex series of chemical reactions and molecular interactions that we know of.  Chemical neuroscience examines nervous system function through this lens and perspective. No matter what training background you have, you’re a chemical neuroscientist if you’re trying to decode the chemical language of the brain in all of its amazing formsfrom ion signaling to transcriptional regulation to neurotransmitter release to protein/protein interactions to cellular phenotype shifts and well beyond.  The facets and tools used in chemical neuroscience are incredibly vast but each important in helping to create an understanding of how the brain and more broadly, the nervous system, works.  For me, I am drawn to chemical neuroscience because it fosters, in fact requires, multi-disciplinary collaborations and cross training.  To decode the chemical language of the brain is no small task, but it’s a task we must accomplish in order to solve massive challenges in human health like mental illness and neurodegeneration. Thankfully, more people are chemical neuroscientists than realize it and we are together making progress!”


Michael Kassiou, Associate Editor, The University of Sydney

“The brain is arguably the most complex organ and coordinates all the things that make us human. Being a “chemical neuroscientist” means that we can scrutinize its complexities at multiple levels whether that is understanding the function of different brain regions, the role of various cell types or deciphering the multitude of connections to individual cells. Personally, I am drawn to “chemical neuroscience” because it necessitates collaboration that makes you think about a problem in ways not possible within your own discipline. As a “chemical neuroscientist” I develop chemical probes that allows me to both examine and perturb chemical processes that are thought to be central in the onset and progression of numerous brain disorders. I hope through this that we will be able to discover therapeutics that result in improved treatments for CNS disease. This is a tremendous challenge but one that we have set ourselves.”


Although you might consider yourself a neuroscientist, neurobiologist, geneticist, biochemist, radiologist, neuropharmacologist or medicinal chemist, you also most likely fall under the umbrella of a chemical neuroscientist! Join us in bringing attention to this collaborative field by adding an exclusive ribbon to your Neuroscience 2019 conference badge.

Stop by the booth to pick one up and share it with us on social media using #IAmAChemicalNeuroscientist. Tell us what this field of study means to you in your research. 


Plus, Don’t Miss Other Highlights from ACS Chemical Neuroscience

Join Lorraine Clark, Ph.D., Managing Editor with ACS Publications for information about publishing in our journals at the crossroads of chemistry and biology:

  • Sunday, October 20th 4:00-5:00 PM, Booth #2018
  • Monday, October 21st 11:00 AM-12:00 PM, Booth #2018
  • Tuesday, October 22nd 11:00 AM-12:00 PM, Booth #2018

Refreshments will be provided!


Submit your research to these upcoming Special Issues:

  • CNS-Pathogens 2020 Special Issue focusing on pathogens affecting the central nervous system. Original research Articles as well as Perspectives, Reviews, and Viewpoints are welcome. Submit now!
  • Dark Classics Volume II 2020 Special Issue. In 2018, we introduced the DARK Classics Special Issue. Due to its success, ACS Chemical Neuroscience is seeking additional reviews with a focus on psychoactive, illicit drugs. Submit now!

Read these recent Special Issues:

Serotonin Research 2018

Monitoring Molecules in Neuroscience

Special Issue on Allostery

Alzheimer’s Disease and Parkinson’s Disease: Process and Progress 

Read these NeuroChat profiles:

Professor Philippe Derreumaux

Professor Ulf Dettmer

Professor Steven Townsend

Professor Kathryn Commons

Professor Cody Wenthur

Professor Erin Calipari

Professor W. Michael Caudle


Finally, the journal applauds the Society for Neuroscience on celebrating it’s 50 year anniversary! This celebration coincides with ACS Chemical Neuroscience‘s 10th anniversary.

 

 

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