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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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The Markram Interviews Part Three: The Blue Brain Project
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The Markram Interviews Part Three: The Blue Brain Project

In the final part of our exclusive interview series with Blue Brain Project Founder and Director Professor Henry Markram, we discuss the goals that he has strived towards over the last 15 years – simulating the mouse, and eventually human, brain. We discuss the Blue Brain Project’s achievements and setbacks and Markram explains what he feels are the Project’s most surprising findings. Finally, we look towards the future – when will we have simulated the human brain?
The Markram Interviews Part Two: Simulations and Experiments – How Can They Work Together?
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The Markram Interviews Part Two: Simulations and Experiments – How Can They Work Together?

In the second of our exclusive three-part interview series with Blue Brain Project Founder and Director Professor Henry Markram, we discuss how brain simulations can benefit neuroscience.
Green Spaces Are Vital to Combating Social Isolation and Mental Illness
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Green Spaces Are Vital to Combating Social Isolation and Mental Illness

Green spaces are a vital benefit to our mental health that can mitigate some of the difficulties of social isolation, reaffirmed research presented last week at FENS Virtual Forum of Neuroscience.
Opinionated Science Episode 9: The Ethics of Genetics Testing: “Duty of Care”, Consent and Data Security
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Opinionated Science Episode 9: The Ethics of Genetics Testing: “Duty of Care”, Consent and Data Security

Advances in genetic testing have come with a lot of ethical baggage. In this podcast we discuss how clinical testing can throw up surprise results for doctor and patient, the test data that is helping fight COVID-19 and how one of our own editors responded to receiving her genetic risk scores.

“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.
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