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

MJFF Supports Work on RRx-001, Targeting Neuroinflammation

A $500,000 grant from the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF) to EpicentRx will support continuing work into the neuroprotective effects of RRx-001, its lead small molecule treatment for Parkinson’s disease. RRx-001 works by blocking the activation of the NLRP3 inflammasome, known to play a key role in promoting…

PharmaTher Granted US Patent Protection for Ketamine

PharmaTher has received a Notice of Allowance from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) covering use of the painkiller ketamine for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease and motor disorders that cause uncontrolled, involuntary movements. A Notice of Allowance means the USPTO has decided to issue the…

High Copper Exposure May Promote Disease-driving Protein Clumping

Exposure to high concentrations of copper accelerates the formation of toxic clumps of the alpha-synuclein protein — a hallmark of Parkinson’s disease, a study shows. The study, “Single-Particle Resolution of Copper-Associated Annular α‑Synuclein Oligomers Reveals Potential Therapeutic Targets of Neurodegeneration,” was published in the journal…

Study Explores New Way to Monitor Neuroinflammation

Overactivation of microglia cells — known to drive neuroinflammation in diseases like Parkinson’s — can be detected by measuring a panel of different proteins in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), the liquid that surrounds the brain and spinal cord, a study reports. The finding supports the potential of these proteins as…

3-Month Boxing Program Found to Ease Motor, Nonmotor Symptoms

A tailored three-month boxing exercise program significantly eased both motor and nonmotor symptoms — including depression, anxiety, sleep problems, and pain — in people with early Parkinson’s disease, a new study shows. While the program’s participants reported an improvement in their motivation, there was no evidence that boxing reduced…

New LRRK2 Gene Mutations Linked With Familial Parkinson′s

Two new mutations in the LRRK2 gene have been identified as likely causes of familial Parkinson’s disease, a study reports. Further studies on these potential “disease-causing variants should help us to better understand how LRRK2 dysfunction causes [Parkinson’s disease],” the researchers wrote. The study “Functional Analyses of…

Gut Microbiome of Patients Favors Inflammation, Study Suggests

People with Parkinson’s disease appear to have a gut microbiome — the population of microorganisms living in the intestines — that is shifted toward a pro-inflammatory state, a small study suggests. Looking particularly at a pro-inflammatory gut bacterial metabolite called trimethylamine (TMA), its researchers found significantly higher…