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

MJFF grant supports work into oral therapy to protect nerve cells

The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF) has awarded an $873,000 grant to Vesper Bio to advance the preclinical development of small-molecule therapies aiming to increase progranulin levels in people with Parkinson’s disease. Low levels of progranulin, a protein critical for immune activity and…

Brain imaging method may aid mild traumatic brain injury diagnosis

A new brain imaging method may help diagnose mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), which according to some studies can be associated with a 50% higher risk of developing Parkinson’s. Available methods, like magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), leave most cases of mTBI, or concussions, undiagnosed. They occur when a physical…

Home-based digital monitoring discerns motor fluctuation profiles

Monitoring symptoms at home using smartwatch-smartphone technology collected individual profiles of tremor and activity fluctuations among people with advanced Parkinson’s disease being treated with levodopa. The technology can provide useful information to improve treatments and patient outcomes and, by combining it with telemedicine and other digital health tools, could…

Gene therapy AB-1005 found safe in Phase 1b Parkinson’s trial

Treatment with AB-1005 (AAV2-GDNF), AskBio’s investigational gene therapy, was safe and well tolerated among patients with mild to moderate Parkinson’s disease, according to top-line results from a Phase 1b clinical trial. The company, wholly owned by Bayer, has also completed an 18-month data collection which demonstrated the…

New imaging technology may help diagnose neurological conditions

Targeted ocular spectroscopy, a technology that allows real-time imaging of the back of the eye (or eye fundus) while observing how light interacts with specific structures in the retina, can help diagnose several eye and neurological conditions, including Parkinson’s disease, according to a recent study. The retina is the…

Organoid model can replicate neural network of human ‘reward system’

Researchers have developed a three-dimensional brain organoid — a “mini-organ” model of the brain — that replicates a human neural network known as the “dopaminergic reward pathway” in structure and function. Despite the importance of the neurotransmitter dopamine in Parkinson’s disease, key mechanisms of this brain system are not…

NeuroOne’s ablation system cleared by FDA for neurological disorders

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared NeuroOne’s OneRF Ablation System, a brain electrode-guided tool employed in neurosurgical procedures, including those for Parkinson’s disease, to capture electrical activity and selectively destroy nervous tissue within controlled temperature settings. The request was submitted through a 510(k) application, which…