Robert E. Hampson, Ph.D. is THE (brain) scientist behind the science fiction for more than a dozen writers. He has assisted in the (fictional) creation of future medicine, brain computer interfaces, unusual diseases, alien intelligence, novel brain diseases (and the medical nanites to cure them), exotic toxins, and brain effects of a zombie virus. His science ranges from understanding human memory, to trying to develop prosthetics for the brain. His nonfiction writing ranges from the mysteries of the brain to TV/movie diseases, and from fictional depictions of real science to living in space. His recent forays into short fiction have been published in the Four Horsemen Universe (The Good, The Bad and the Merc & Tales from the Lyon's Den - Chris Kennedy Publ.), the Black Tide Rising universe (Black Tide Rising and Voices of the Fall - Baen), in Science Fiction by Scientists (Springer), the TRADOC Mad Science Writing contest (Small Wars Journal), and is co-editor (with Les Johnson) of the mixed science and fiction anthology Homo Stellaris (Baen).
Dr. Hampson is a Professor of Physiology/Pharmacology and Neurology with over 35 years' experience in animal and human neuroscience. His professional work includes more than 100 peer-reviewed research articles ranging from the pharmacology of memory to the effects of radiation on the brain. He is also leading a multi-institutional clinical research effort to develop a "neural prosthetic" to restore human memory following damage due to aging, injury or disease - the first such device to operate using actual neural codes for information derived from a patient's own brain activity.
With more than two million words in scientific writing alone, communicating science to professionals and lay audiences is his greatest interest. He is known to many by his former pen-name "Tedd Roberts" or his internet handle "Speaker to Lab Animals," having given public talks on science, science fiction (and the science in science fiction) to professors, students and civic groups, government agencies as well as SF/F conventions. He is available as a subject matter expert via the Science and Entertainment Exchange - a service of the National Academy of Sciences - and as an author through his websites: http://teddroberts.com and http://hampsonlab.org.
Scheduled Programming Events Featuring Robert E. Hampson
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Roundtable discussion of The Founder Effect – an anthology of interstellar colonization. Dr. Rob Hampson and Sandra Medlock – editors of The Founder Effect – lead a discussion of the shared world of Cistercia with contributors: Monalisa Foster, Chris Kennedy, Les Johnson, David Weber, Mark H. Wandrey, DJ Butler, Dr. Brent M. Roeder, Christopher L. Smith, Cathe Smith, Sarah Hoyt, Dan Hoyt, Dr. Vivienne Raper – and joined by Brad Torgersen toward the end of the panel.
Roundtable discussion of various and timely science topics moderated by Les Johnson. This is a remarkable panel dating back to the earliest LibertyCons. Everyone gets a say but no one gets to say too much. This year the participants will be the current STEM GOH and 6 Past Science Guests of Honor.
Dr. Robert E. Hampson continues the tradition of “fireside chats” to discuss brain science with audience Q&A. For this Virtual Libertycon recording, in lieu of audience Q&A, Dr. Rob assembles “The Docs” and is joined by researchers and medical professionals to discuss concussion and brain injury – from athletes to soldiers. Featuring Dr. Brent M. Roeder, Dr. Mitchell Riley, Neuroscience PhD Candidate Naomi Bean, Dr. Nik Rao and Phillip “Docfather” Wohlrab.