Robert E. Hampson

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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 writing ranges from the mysteries of the brain to surviving the Apocalypse, from prosthetics to TV/movie diseases, and from fictional depiction of real science to living in space. His recent forays into short fiction have been published in Science Fiction by Scientists (Springer), The Good, The Bad and the Merc (Chris Kennedy Publ.), TRADOC Mad Science Writing (Small Wars Journal), Black Tide Rising (Baen), Voices of the Fall (Baen) and is a science and fiction contributor as well as co-editor (with Les Johnson) of the forthcoming anthology Homo Stellaris (Baen).

Dr. Hampson is a Professor of Physiology and Pharmacology 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," 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.