Emily K. Dilger, PhD

Emily is a former manager of BrainFacts.org. With a PhD in neuroscience, she is interested in exploring ways in which to engage children in science so as to encourage their life-long curiosity.

Articles by Emily K. Dilger, PhD

Neuroscientist Liz Burnett explains how animal models help scientists understand the healthy body and what goes wrong during disease.
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Animal models have been central to the discovery of drug treatments for such serious disorders as depression, anxiety disorders, and schizophrenia.
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Animal research has shown that long-term stress can damage the brain and has lead to drugs that are used to help treat patients with post-traumatic stress disorder.
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There is only one established clinical treatment for stroke, which was developed following experiments observing stroke in rabbits.
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Studies using rodents and monkeys have helped researchers better understand why memory is lost in brain disorders.
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Experiments using monkeys and cats helped determine that treatment for amblyopia in humans had the best outcome when it was started before the age of eight.
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Studies using rats and mice have helped scientists develop treatments for a range of brain disorders, from Parkinson’s disease to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
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