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Ruairi J MacKenzie

Science Writer

@rjmsci

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Latest Content From Ruairi J MacKenzie

Fighting Neurodegeneration by Understanding Inflammation
Blog

Neurodegenerative diseases are one of the most pressing challenges of our time and teasing out the cellular mechanisms underpinning these diseases is a key goal for researchers in the field. We talked to Stéphane Martinez of CISBIO to discuss how researchers can access information on neurodegenerative mechanisms and how we are beginning to recognize the contribution of the immune system to neurodegeneration.

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Previously Undiscovered Immune Cell Population Affects Learning and Memory
News

A new study has suggested that not only are there immune cell populations hiding undiscovered in the body, but they might have impacts far beyond protection from intruding microorganisms.

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The Neuroscience Roundup - 10/11/19
List

Here's a short selection of our favorite neuroscience stories from the last week!

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BNA Interview Series: Exploring the Inflamed Mind With Professor Ed Bullmore
Article

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?
Article

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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It’s Finally Happened: First Case of Brexit-induced Psychosis Recorded in Medical Journal
News

It may surprise some of our British readers that it has taken this long, but the first case of Brexit-induced psychosis has been recognized in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) Case Reports.

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The Neuroscience Roundup - 10/04/19
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Here's a short selection of our favorite neuroscience stories from the last week!

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5 Ways That Using an ELN Can Improve Your Research
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Electronic lab notebooks (ELNs) are digital replacements for paper notebooks. But whilst many digital technologies have swiftly replaced their analogue counterparts, ELN adoption remains stubbornly low. In this article, we look at five reasons why ELNs can improve your life as a researcher and the quality of your research.

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BNA Interview Series: Brain Repair and Regeneration With Professor Anders Björklund
Article

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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Beside the Seaside: Living Closer to the Coast Linked to Mental Health Benefits
News

A study has suggested a link between proximity to the coast and a lower likelihood of self-reported poor mental health. People from the lowest socioeconomic groups living in urban populations had a roughly 40% lower chance of reporting mental health disorders if they lived within 1km of the coast as opposed to inland respondents more than 50km inland.

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