UnDisciplined: The Venomologist And The Behavioral Scientist

Mar 22, 2019

This week on UnDisciplined, we're talking about pain, but — as usual — we're approaching it from two very different points of view. One of our guests is a researcher whose discoveries about toxic snails could help lead to painkillers. The other is a health communications expert who studies the way people communicate about pain on social media. 

Helena Safavi-Hemami is an assistant professor of biochemistry at the University of Utah who studies the way toxins in cone snail venoms can be used to develop therapeutics like painkillers and fast-acting insulin.

Jeanine Guidry is an assistant professor of public relations at Virginia Commonwealth University, where she studies the use of social media to communicate about health.