Andrea Lobo,  —

Andrea Lobo is a Science writer at BioNews. She holds a Biology degree and a PhD in Cell Biology/Neurosciences from the University of Coimbra-Portugal, where she studied stroke biology. She was a postdoctoral and senior researcher at the Institute for Research and Innovation in Health in Porto, in drug addiction, studying neuronal plasticity induced by amphetamines. As a research scientist for 19 years, Andrea participated in academic projects in multiple research fields, from stroke, gene regulation, cancer, and rare diseases. She authored multiple research papers in peer-reviewed journals. She shifted towards a career in science writing and communication in 2022.

Articles by Andrea Lobo

Dental Care Often Irregular But Needed With Parkinson’s: Study

Dental care often is irregular in people with Parkinson’s disease, who also require more dental treatments that those without this disease, a study from Denmark reported. High-quality initiatives addressing basic care, from daily oral cleanings to regular checkups that could reduce cavities and tooth extractions, are needed for better…

COVID-19 Might Increase Risk for Neurodegenerative Disease

People who had COVID-19 might have an increased risk for developing neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson’s disease, researchers in Australia found. Moreover, the researchers have offered a possible treatment to reduce the  COVID-induced neuroinflammation. COVID-19 activates an inflammatory response in the brain that is similar to Parkinson’s disease, contributing…

Research Targets Neural Implants to Treat Brain Disorders

Neural implants combining artificial intelligence with microelectronics could directly modulate the brain’s activity to help treat brain disorders, including Parkinson’s disease. “Neurons talk to each other in part via electrical signals, and a therapeutic neural implant produces electrical stimulation – like a pacemaker for the brain. In cases of…

NYU Langone Health Joins Parkinson’s Progression Initiative

New York University Langone Health is collaborating with the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research in the Parkinson’s Progression Markers Initiative, a research program aiming to contribute to disease diagnosis and treatment. Launched in 2010 by the Michael J. Fox Foundation and a group of academic researchers…

Largest Study on Parkinson’s Disease Genetics Reaches 12,500 Patients

CENTOGENE has announced it’s reached a milestone of 12,500 participants who have been recruited and genetically tested as part of the Rockstock International Parkinson’s Disease Study (ROPAD), a global observational effort to characterize the genetic profile of Parkinson’s patients. ROPAD (NCT03866603), developed in collaboration with Denali…

Older Age and Motor Symptom Severity Tied to Fall Risk After DBS

Older age at onset, more severe motor symptoms, and cognitive impairment are risk factors for the progression of gait and postural instability in Parkinson’s disease patients who undergo deep brain stimulation, a new study suggests. Researchers, who followed patients for up to 15 years after the surgery, found…

Free Art Classes for Patients, Caregivers Opening in Arkansas

Free art therapy workshops for Parkinson’s disease patients and their caregivers will take place this fall in Little Rock and Hot Springs, Arkansas, offered by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Movement Disorders Clinic. The Art for Parkinson’s classes are scheduled in Little Rock at St. Michael’s…

Poor Sleep Raises Risk of Dyskinesia With Parkinson’s, Study Finds

Poor sleep quality is a key factor in developing dyskinesia, the uncontrolled and involuntary movements that can affect people with Parkinson’s disease, a study that followed patients for up to three years suggests. “[Poor sleep quality] may increase the risk of developing dyskinesia in PD [Parkinson’s disease], implying that therapeutic…

New Method Devised to Generate Dopaminergic Neurons

Researchers have devised a new method to generate dopamine-producing neurons from skin cells of Parkinson’s disease patients, a process that could be used to better study the molecular mechanisms of the disease and develop new treatments. The cells retained many relevant aspects of the disease, including the accumulation of…