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

Fat-coated Microbubbles May Aid Parkinson’s Treatment by Getting Past Blood-Brain Barrier

Scientists using fat-coated microbubbles have possibly developed away of carrying therapies for Parkinson’s disease directly to areas of the brain where they are needed, without affecting other organs. The study, “Lipid microbubbles as a vehicle for targeted drug delivery using focused ultrasound-induced blood-brain barrier opening,” was published in the…

Dopamine-Neurons’ High Energy Requirements Leads to Neuronal Overheating in Parkinson’s Disease

In a new study entitled “Elevated mitochondrial bioenergetics and axonal arborization size are key contributors to the vulnerability of dopamine neurons” scientists discovered why dopamine producing neurons are particularly vulnerable in Parkinson’s disease. These new findings point towards a key role for mitochondria and these neurons’ high energy requirements…

High Dopamine Levels Boost Risky-Decision Making

In a new study entitled “Dopaminergic Modulation of Decision Making and Subjective Well-Being”, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, researchers show that decisions on risk-taking may be influenced by a boost in the levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine. These findings are in line with previous reports that…

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