After more than 15 years in academia, I recently crossed over to industry and joined Inscopix. Our company has the singular vision to accelerate fundamental discoveries in brain function with the hope that one day, our neuroscience community will find cures to some of the most devastating brain diseases. We don’t make drugs. We make a tiny microscope that allows scientists to watch and record hundreds of brain cells firing in response to a rodent’s behavior or actions in real time. How cool is that?! The old adage that “seeing is believing” has never been more true. When I first joined the company, I was so impressed with the level of expert scientific support the Inscopix team put forth in training and educating academics like me. I watched the system in action and then put it to use with my own hands. I was sold. I was excited to hear my neuroscience colleagues discuss how our platform was going to transform their research and provide them with new insights into the neural mechanisms underlying eating disorders, anxiety, addiction, and sleep and circadian dysfunction. I was also reminded of just how hard it is to burn that candle at both ends - constantly writing for grant funding to do the research that you’re really passionate about, as well as finding the time to do the lab work, analyze the data and publish the results to be competitive at the next NIH review study section. The never-ending hamster wheel, once you’re on...you’ve got to keep running to survive in academia.
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