My husband handed the May 18 issue of The New Yorker to me a week or more ago, suggesting that I read the feature article “Lighting the Brain.” I finally got around to it today. (You know, those New Yorker columns are so long, you put them off, waiting a lazy Sunday afternoon.)
Surely, I’ve read Karl Deisseroth’s name somewhere before, but I just didn’t recognize it. The Standford professor was mentioned in Norman Doidge’s book, The Brain’s Way of Healing, which I read with interest a few months ago. Nevertheless, I spent some time looking him up today. His bio on the Stanford University site says, “Deisseroth focuses on developing molecular and cellular tools to observe, perturb, and re-engineer brain circuits.”
He’s on the leading edge of brain science that would understand the brain’s circuitry and employ stimulation in treatment. I remember by neurologist talking to me about stimulation as a possible treatment for me. I don’t know. Sounds a little scary, but exciting at the same time.
So, do read the article about Deisseroth. It is encouraging for people with brain injury. It is amazing that we’re making strides in understanding the brain at the cellular level, to know what cells and fibers control how we think and feel.