Kyle Ryan

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Pharmacology of Everyday Life

Pharmacology of Everyday Life


Caffeine     Nearly everyone understands that coffee can help people wake up in the mornings or stay awake during late nights, but far fewer understand exactly how it does this. One key pharmacological effect of caffeine is its competitive inhibition of the adenosine receptor. Adenosine, a dephosphorylated form of ATP, signals the shor...

An Overview of What Happens When We Sleep

An Overview of What Happens When We Sleep


    Sleep is vital to the human body, but can often seem like a pain or a nuisance to any six-year-old. Scientists have long thought of sleep as a mystery, not understanding why we spent 1/3 of our lives on our pillows. Nevertheless, ancient scientists understood that sleep was important: our bodies tell us this every night when we experi...

Study Summary: A Molecular Link between the Active Component of Marijuana and Alzheimer’s Disease Pathology

Study Summary: A Molecular Link between the Active Component of Marijuana and Alzheimer’s Disease Pathology


Background     Alzheimer’s disease is one of the leading causes of death among the elderly, and the affected population is ever increasing. This growing number of patients has resulted in a rising demand for improved treatments and innovative research. Alzheimer’s is thought to result primarily from the aggregation of amylo...

Dr. Bilsky: Studying Pain and Drug Addiction

Dr. Bilsky: Studying Pain and Drug Addiction


Recently, I interviewed Dr. Ed Bilsky, founding Director of the Center for Excellence in the Neurosciences, and Co-director of the Center of Biomedical Research Excellence for the Study of Pain and Sensory Function at the University of New England. Dr. Bilsky talks about his background and experience in researching the neurobiology of pain and drug...

Neuroscience Research Spotlight: Dr. Geoffrey Ganter

Neuroscience Research Spotlight: Dr. Geoffrey Ganter


    Last week I sat down with Dr. Geoffrey Ganter to discuss his research. Dr. Ganter works in the University of New England’s (UNE) Center for Excellence in the Neurosciences; like many of his colleagues at the university, he specializes in pain research. Dr. Ganter uses Drosophila Melanogaster, or fruit flies, to conduct his resea...