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CCATP #694 Dr. Niki Ackermans on Anatomy and Neuroscience with Oxen and Sheep

Dr Niki Ackermans

This week our guest is Dr. Niki Ackermans. Dr. Ackermans is a Postdoctoral fellow of the Swiss National Science Foundation, at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, in New York City. Her current work focuses on the anatomy and neuroscience of traumatic brain injury in head butting animals. She is also the science correspondent for the Daily Tech News Show, and hosted the Seniors in Tech series on DTNS, including interviewing NosillaCastaway Sandy Foster and me. She’s also the host of the podcast Stories Your Granny Never Told.

Niki tells us about her research doing MRIs on ox and sheep brains and studying CT scans of their skulls to determine the effect of head butting on their brains and whether they suffer the same kinds of concussions as humans. The hope is to try to help humans who suffer concussions, including football players and people in the service.

This sounds like a creepy topic but Niki is absolutely delightful as she describes her delight in her work and how much fun it is. She’s entertaining and funny and brilliant. I learned so much and I smiled the whole time.

You can find her on Twitter at @ackermansnicole

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