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

New Computer-based Method Helps Diagnose Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease

Scientists have developed a new computer-based method that shows great promise in improving the accuracy of diagnosis of neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. The study, “Ensembles of Deep Learning Architectures for the Early Diagnosis of the Alzheimer’s Disease,” was published in the International Journal Of Neural Systems journal.

Researchers Identify Genetic ‘Switch’ for Mitochondrial Health in Parkinson’s Neurons

Researchers have identified a gene that acts as a switch for genes regulating mitochondria metabolism in neurons. These findings suggest that gene activating transcription factor 4 (ATF4) is a potential therapeutic target for Parkinson’s disease, as the death of neurons in Parkinson’s has been linked to mitochondrial dysfunction. The study, “dATF4…

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…