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Ruairi J Mackenzie

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Ruairi started with Technology Networks in January 2018 after completing an undergraduate degree in neuroscience at the University of Edinburgh and a master’s degree in clinical neuroscience from the University of Cambridge. As senior science writer, Ruairi covers a range of scientific news and articles, with a focus on the complexities and curiosities of the brain. Ruairi also looks after search engine optimization (SEO) efforts on Technology Networks and created the site’s podcast, Opinionated Science, in 2020.


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“Common Cold” Coronaviruses Could Help Produce Anti-SARS-CoV-2 Immune Cells
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“Common Cold” Coronaviruses Could Help Produce Anti-SARS-CoV-2 Immune Cells

Researchers examining immune cells produced against coronaviruses have uncovered a wealth of information about how this critical aspect of immunity could fight off COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. The new study provides hope that some immune responses to SARS-CoV-2 could be long-lasting.
Exploring the Future of Lab Informatics Tools
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Exploring the Future of Lab Informatics Tools

Lab-based informatics systems, such as LIMS and ELNs, are becoming more commonly used in labs. We spoke with Jeff Carter, co-founder and COO of lab software company Arxspan, to discover how COVID-19 has helped drive digitization and how tools are developing to become more flexible and connected.
Simulating the Brain: The Markram Interviews
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Simulating the Brain: The Markram Interviews

The EPFL Blue Brain Project (BBP) is a Swiss National Research Infrastructure project which has spent the last 15 years trying to advance the cause of simulation neuroscience. Through successes and headwinds, the BBP has been led since inception by Professor Henry Markram. Read all three parts of our exclusive interview series with Markram now.
The Markram Interviews Part One: An Introduction to Simulation Neuroscience
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The Markram Interviews Part One: An Introduction to Simulation Neuroscience

In the first of our exclusive three-part interview series with Blue Brain Project Founder and Director Professor Henry Markram, we discuss the basics of simulation neuroscience. Markram, one of the leading proponents of the field, comments on why the idea of simulating the brain has raised concerns from experimental and theoretical neuroscientists and answers whether in silico techniques could ultimately replace experimental approaches.
Psychiatric Research Suffering From Legacy of Ignoring Sex Differences, Say Neuroscientists
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Psychiatric Research Suffering From Legacy of Ignoring Sex Differences, Say Neuroscientists

Research into developing treatments for psychiatric illness is missing out vital data from female animals, producing drugs that aren’t optimized for women and contributing to the failure of clinical trials, said a panel of neuroscientists today at FENS Virtual Forum of Neuroscience.
Bristol University Brain Imaging Center Slated To Close, Putting 95% of Projects at Risk
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Bristol University Brain Imaging Center Slated To Close, Putting 95% of Projects at Risk

Bristol University have announced that the Clinical Research and Imaging Center (CRICBristol), a joint venture with University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, will close at the end of December, putting six jobs at risk and throwing dozens of research projects into jeopardy.
What Are the Psychiatric Side Effects of Coronavirus Infection?
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What Are the Psychiatric Side Effects of Coronavirus Infection?

A review looked at the links between coronaviruses, including SARS, MERS and SARS-CoV-2, and psychiatric side effects. Analyzing 65 published studies and 7 preprints, it’s the first paper of its kind to review this connection. To explore further, Technology Networks spoke to Dr Jonathan Rogers, a psychiatrist, Wellcome trust clinical training fellow at University College London and lead author of the paper.
The Brain Under Pressure: An Interview With Kavli Prize in Neuroscience Winner Professor Ardem Patapoutian
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The Brain Under Pressure: An Interview With Kavli Prize in Neuroscience Winner Professor Ardem Patapoutian

In this interview, Technology Networks speak with Professor Ardem Patapoutian, winner of this year’s Kavli Prize in Neuroscience, about his discovery of the Piezos, a family of pressure-sensitive ion channels with crucial roles in the body.
Opinionated Science Episode 8: Personalized Medicine: Cancer, Neuroscience and Genetic Data
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Opinionated Science Episode 8: Personalized Medicine: Cancer, Neuroscience and Genetic Data

In this episode, we discuss the potential of personalized, precision approaches to change healthcare. We hear how cancer care has been one of the first areas to take advantage of patient-specific data, the risks and rewards of increased access to genomic data and how neuroscience is beginning to explore diseases of the brain at a personal level.
Asset Monitoring in the Life Sciences: Do Labs Need To Keep a Closer Eye on Their Instruments?
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Asset Monitoring in the Life Sciences: Do Labs Need To Keep a Closer Eye on Their Instruments?

In the day-to-day of research science, the acquisition of a new piece of equipment is a momentous occasion, but one that could see costs and inefficiencies spiral unless labs keep a close eye on their new kit. Asset monitoring software could lend a hand. We spoke to Agilent's Marc Boreham to find out more.
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