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Neuropathologist Combines Music Composition With Brain Research

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  Friday 9/21: This episode is all about the brain. Dr. Elaine Bearer is a neuropathologist at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. Her work has includes studyingbiomarkers of trauma and abuse in children and whether the cause of Alzheimer's disease may come from infections. Dr. Bearer is also a composer and it was music that spurred her interest in studying the brain.

Elaine Bearer
Elaine Bearer


Dr. Bearer is also a composer and it was music that spurred her interest in studying the brain. She was interested in pursuing science in college but her high school guidance counselor informed her that woman don't do science. Fortunately she found a way to study computer science and music together at Carnegie Tech and later got a bachelor's degree from the Manhattan School of Music. She also has a master's degree in musicology and an MD-PhD degree.


Also on this show, Marty Adamsmith talks with David Bridwellwith the Mind Research Network.



Megan has been a journalist for 25 years and worked at business weeklies in San Antonio, New Orleans and Albuquerque. She first came to KUNM as a phone volunteer on the pledge drive in 2005. That led to volunteering on Women’s Focus, Weekend Edition and the Global Music Show. She was then hired as Morning Edition host in 2015, then the All Things Considered host in 2018. Megan was hired as News Director in 2021.
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