Claire Edwards Campbell

neuroscience and health researcher


ABOUT CLAIRE

Claire Campbell received her Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior from University of California, Davis in 2014. She starting researching straight out of high school at UCLA's Graduate School of Education which ignited her desire to research and learn more about the world around her. After narrowing her focus to Neuroscience research, she then got experience working in wet and clinical labs. Through all of her experience she's realized that research fascinates her, but she wants to implement all the knowledge she has gathered into sustainable programs, bridging the gap between research and practice. There is a discrepancy between the amount of knowledge we have gathered from research and what the public understands. She wants to tackle this issue utilizing her understanding of scientific research, psychology, and global and community issues, such as global warming, sexually transmitted diseases, and poor nutrition.

 

about claire

WHY NEUROSCIENCE?

When you first learn that your brain could mistake your own dad’s face for a meaningless hat or that your personality could shift from a jerk to the nicest guy, it makes you marvel at the awe-inspiring world of neuroscience. Granted, you’d have to have a serious impairment – visual agnosia – or a poll accidentally driven through your left frontal lobe like Phineas P. Gage, but even so, these thoughts, feelings, and ideas we grew up thinking were resolute, are actually more fleeting and dynamic. These alterations in perception and personality are mind blowing, but one of the aspects of the nervous system that makes me speechless in its simplicity are spinal cord injuries. Animals started to evolve around 600 million years ago, bringing along with it, the nervous system. And here we are, 600 million years later and one break along the spine and we lose control of the lower limbs. That’s it. All the evolution to create this body to function at its peak and it’s lost, with – so far – no standard way to repair it.