Patricia Inácio, PhD, science writer —

Patricia holds her PhD in cell biology from the University Nova de Lisboa, Portugal, and has served as an author on several research projects and fellowships, as well as major grant applications for European agencies. She also served as a PhD student research assistant in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Columbia University, New York, for which she was awarded a Luso-American Development Foundation (FLAD) fellowship.

Articles by Patricia Inácio

PET Tracer ACI-12589 Captures Protein Clumps in Living Brain

A positron emission tomography (PET) tracer for the alpha-synuclein protein, whose damaging clumps mark Parkinson’s, captured its toxic aggregates in a living brain for a first time — instead of in post-mortem tissue as is done to date, scientists reported. The tracer, called ACI-12589, is a diagnostic tool designed to…

AI-Powered Device JOGO-Gx May Ease Tremors

JOGO-Gx, a device powered by an artificial intelligence-driven mobile app and wearable sensors, has shown early positive signs as a method to lessen motor symptoms in people with Parkinson’s disease. According to JOGO Health, the company that owns JOGO-Gx, using the device at least twice a week led…

Researchers Get $1.37M Grant to Assess Early Diagnostic Test

Australian researchers have received a $1.37-million grant to assess the potential of an early diagnostic test for Parkinson’s disease. The test, developed by scientists at the UNSW Medicine & Health’s EMBL Australia Node in Single Molecule Science, is able to quantify the number of alpha-synuclein aggregates — a hallmark…

NIH $2.8M Grant Funds Work Into Differing Alpha-synuclein Strains

A $2.8 million National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant will fund research into the molecular mechanisms underlying multiple system atrophy (MSA), a progressive disorder driven by protein misfolding and clumping similar to Parkinson’s disease. Differences in the shape of the misfolded protein are being seen to distinguish the two neurodegenerative diseases,…

Parkinson’s Foundation Recognizes Nurses, Physical Therapists

The Parkinson’s Foundation announced six winners of this year’s Nurse Faculty Award and Physical Therapy Faculty Award. Each winner receives up to $10,000 to support projects that might better the lives of those with Parkinson’s disease. The four physical therapists are graduates of the foundation’s Physical Therapy Faculty Program and the two…

Pairing of Digital Technologies Aims to Support Remote Clinical Trials

Delve Health and Global Kinetics, two digital healthcare companies, are teaming up to simplify the remote monitoring, data collection and analysis of Parkinson’s disease patients enrolled in clinical studies. “This partnership represents both companies’ commitment to providing Parkinson’s patients quality solutions that are user-friendly within the context of…

NIH Awards $1.8M to Advance Sugar Molecule Toolkits for Research

South Carolina’s Integrated Micro-Chromatography Systems (IMCS) has been awarded a $1.8-million grant to advance the development of affordable gangliosides — fat molecules with a sugar link — to aid in developing therapeutics and diagnostics for Parkinson’s and other neurological diseases. The funds are part of a second parcel of…