Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a surgical procedure used to treat a variety of disabling neurological symptoms—most commonly the debilitating symptoms of Parkinson’s disease (PD), such as tremor, rigidity, stiffness, slowed movement, and walking problems.

Surgery performed by  Dr Foote and Dr. Okun
McKnight Brain Institute
University of Florida

Patient Russell Price is part of the Double Blind study.

Patient: Joel Russell Price (goes by Russell)
Has had Parkinsons for 12 years. 
rprice@pricecommercial.com
850-893-8761

Michelle Koidin Jaffee
Assistant Director of Communications
McKnight Brain Institute
University of Florida
352.294.8352
michelle.jaffee@ufl.edu

Unlocking the Healing Power of You

for National Geographic Magazine
Published: December 2016


Science is showing that how you feel isn’t just about what you eat, or do, or think. It’s about what you believe.
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Interview: Happening Now

for Happening Now

I appeared on a national news show to talk about the book and the cover story.
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Here’s What Placebos Can Heal—And What They Can’t

for National Geographic Book Talk
Published: Nov 27, 2016


The latest research in biochemistry reveals that your brain can actually self-medicate.
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Mesmerising

for Aeon
Published: November 2016


Look into my eyes: the fantastical history, mysterious healing power and emergent neuroscience of hypnosis
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Why trials of autism treatments have a placebo problem

for Spectrum
Published: November 2016


People with autism — and their family members — are susceptible to powerful placebo effects. Some researchers are using the problem to better understand this mystifying phenomenon.
The writer, Erik Vance, explores a patch of cloud forest near El Zapotal, Veracruz. (Dominic Bracco II / Prime for Biographic)

A Forest Hidden by Fog

for bioGraphic
Published: September 2016


Spellbound by an idea, a writer sets out to find the mythical cloud forest—and shines a bright light on an endangered ecosystem.
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In Search of the Lost Empire of the Maya

for National Geographic
Published: September 2016


The ambitious Snake kings used force and diplomacy to create the most powerful alliance in their culture’s history.
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Suggestible You

for National Geographic Books

Upcoming book, due to be released in November, about the curious science of your brain's ability to deceive, transform, and heal.
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Great White Mystery

for National Geographic
Published: June 2016


Thanks to Jaws, they're the ocean's most iconic and feared fish. But we know surprisingly little about them.
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Story Collider: Is This Biology?


In October 2015, I appeared with Story Collider to talk about porcupines, Satan worshippers, and biology.

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Story Collider: The Biology of Pig Shit



In early 2016 I tell a story onstage about the chemistry of pig manure.