Patrícia Silva, PhD, director of science content —

Patrícia holds a PhD in medical microbiology and infectious diseases from the Leiden University Medical Center, Netherlands, and completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Instituto de Medicina Molecular, Lisbon, Portugal. Her work in academia was mainly focused on molecular biology and the genetic traits of infectious agents such as viruses and parasites. Patrícia earned several travel awards to present her work at international scientific meetings. She is a published author of several peer-reviewed science articles.

Articles by Patrícia Silva

Gene Therapy Found to Prevent Parkinson’s Disease in Rats

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System in Pennsylvania recently revealed that a gene therapy strategy targeting a key protein in Parkinson’s disease pathology – alpha-synuclein – can prevent disease development in a rat model. The study is entitled “…

Astrocytes Play a Role in Neurodegenerative Diseases

Researchers at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, discovered that specific cells in the brain called astrocytes develop an exaggerated reaction to inflammation in the context of neurodegenerative diseases. The study was recently published in The Journal of Neuroscience and is entitled “Astrocytes Are Primed by…