Heather Tanner


Heather Tanner
BA, Anthropology
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo, MI
MA, Landscape Archaelogy
University of York
York, UK
MS Student in Pharmacology & Drug Development
Emmanuel Pothos, PhD, Adviser




My project relates to the understanding of the placebo effect at the cellular and molecular level. Placebo medications or interventions have beneficial effects for some patients but not for others. It is often important to avoid active drugs and reduce drug adverse effects and therefore essential to develop screening methods to identify potentially strong placebo responders. My experiments are a first step towards this direction.

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