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BNA Interview Series: Exploring the Inflamed Mind With Professor Ed Bullmore
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At the British Neuroscience Association's Festival of Neuroscience, we were lucky enough to sit down with some influential neuroscientists to discuss their work. In our last interview of the series, we talk to Professor Ed Bullmore on the evidence that connects inflammation and depression, and the possibility that the immune system could be targeted as part of future antidepressant treatments.

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Who Is Responsible for Reproducible Science?
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Reproducibility is now recognized as a core feature of good scientific practice but too many papers fail to meet the grade. We talked to Leslie D McIntosh, CEO of Ripeta, on the topic of reproducibility. In this interview, we ask Leslie about the concepts within Ripeta’s recent report on the state of reproducible science in 2019.

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Just a Gut Feeling: IBS, SIBO and the Gut-Brain Connection
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People often talk about their “gut instincts” or how they just “felt it in my guts”. Are these just figures of speech? It turns out that the gut – the digestive system – has its own nervous system that is often referred to as our “second brain”. This article investigates how our "two brains" communicate, and how breakdowns in that communication can lead to diseases like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

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Feeling Like a Fraud: Impostor Syndrome in STEM
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Impostor syndrome is experienced by millions of people around the world cross culturally, and describes difficulty internalizing one's accomplishments or abilities, and instead attributing their success to other factors. In this article, we explore the prevalence of impostor syndrome in STEM and the impact it has on the scientific community.

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BNA Interview Series: Brain Repair and Regeneration With Professor Anders Björklund
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At the British Neuroscience Association (BNA)’s Festival of Neuroscience, we were lucky enough to sit down with some influential neuroscientists to discuss their work. Here, we interview Lund University’s Professor Anders Björklund on his foundational research into the use of stem cell transplantation therapy for Parkinson’s disease.

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Better Together: Difficulty Integrating the Senses in Anxiety Disorders
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Our reality is constructed through a combination of our sensory data. This process is called multisensory integration. In this article, neuroscientist Naomi Heffer outlines how exploring this process might help us understand how anxiety disorders affect our brain.

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Essential Amino Acids: Chart, Abbreviations and Structure
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Amino acids are the building blocks that form polypeptides and ultimately proteins. Consequently, they are fundamental components of our bodies and vital for physiological functions such as protein synthesis, tissue repair and nutrient absorption. Here we take a closer look at amino acid properties, how they are used in the body and where they come from.

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Into the Maze: Preclinical Data and The Cloud
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Mazes are an integral part of rodent behavioral research. In recent years, scientific data collected from maze studies have moved towards more cloud-based and electronic storage as opposed to traditional paper-based storage. In this article, we discuss modern mazes with Shuhan He, founder of maze developer MazeEngineers.com.

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Glycolysis Inhibitor Could Prevent Cell Death and Excitotoxic Brain Disease
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An international team of researchers has found a potential drug that may prevent neuronal death through glucose metabolism modification in stressed neurons.

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Living in the (Bio)material World: A Night at Biodesign Here Now
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We report the opening night of Biodesign Here Now, an event featuring architects, artists, textile designers, and many more creatives who have found ways to bring together biology and design in their work, showing a way forward for collaboration between the two fields.

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