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

COGNISANT Boosts Short-term Memory in Older Adults: Study

A new strategy that combines online cognitive therapeutic games with a noninvasive brain stimulation technique – called COGNISANT – may help boost short-term memory in older people, according to a new study. The findings may prove important for people with Parkinson’s disease who often experience a decline in short-term,…

At-home Digital Cameras Monitor Gait, May Speed Diagnosis

Researchers have developed a software that can accurately identify people with Parkinson’s disease or multiple sclerosis (MS) from healthy controls based solely on their gait. The software, which analyzes gait video data collected at patients’ homes using simple digital cameras, may provide an inexpensive tool to identify and…

MJFF Grant Supports Research of Brain Inflammation

Muna Therapeutics has received a $4.9 million grant from The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF) to advance  development of its first-in-class small molecules used to halt neuroinflammation and restore nerve cell function in people with Parkinson’s disease. The grant will fund preclinical research into small molecules…

FDA Seeking Information Before OK of Apomorphine Infusion Device

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants more information before it will approve Supernus Pharmaceuticals’ new drug application (NDA) resubmission of SPN-830, its apomorphine infusion pump. Supernus is seeking the approval of SPN-830 for the continuous treatment of “off” episodes in adults with Parkinson’s disease. These…

Tau Protein Buildup in Nerve Cells Prompts Neurodegeneration

A protein “traffic jam” inside nerve cells promotes the buildup of shorter and toxic tau — a protein that forms toxic aggregates in Parkinson’s and other neurodegenerative disorders — according to a new study using fruit flies and mammalian cell lines. The accumulation of toxic tau resulted in fewer connections…