Ever wish pain could go away with the press of a button? Stanford scientists used optogenetics to explore the brain's pain circuit and with the switch of a light, they were able to specifically activate nociceptors, sensory nerve cells, to reduce (or induce) pain!
Neuroscience is the study of the nervous system, from the molecular and electrical properties of individual nerve cells, to the complex neural circuits and networks that generate behavior, learning, and cognition. It is one of the most interdisciplinary sciences which bridges together biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, linguistics, medicine, philosophy, psychology, and physics. By delving into the complex underpinnings of normal nervous system function, as well as its diseased state, the opportunities to conduct research in this field are endless - much like our brain’s ability to think.