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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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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.
STREAM: Six Strategies That Can Help Your Mental Health During Coronavirus Isolation
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STREAM: Six Strategies That Can Help Your Mental Health During Coronavirus Isolation

One in four people on earth are currently in lockdown related to the spread of the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. In this article, we look at some expert advice at how to cope with the impacts of this isolation on your mental health.
Opinionated Science Episode 7: The Vagus Nerve: A Target to Treat Brain and Body?
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Opinionated Science Episode 7: The Vagus Nerve: A Target to Treat Brain and Body?

In this episode, we review the evidence surrounding vagus nerve stimulation (VNS), a therapy approved for epilepsy and depression that backers now want to use to treat a host of other conditions, include autoimmune disease and heart failure. How can scientists fill in the gaps in the VNS knowledge base?
COVID-19 Survey Shows One-Third of Researchers Could Leave Neuroscience
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COVID-19 Survey Shows One-Third of Researchers Could Leave Neuroscience

A UK-wide survey, organized by the British Neuroscience Association, has exposed the damaging effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on neuroscience research.
"Biology Has Become One Huge Canvas" – An Interview With Brain Prize Winner Sir Adrian Bird
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"Biology Has Become One Huge Canvas" – An Interview With Brain Prize Winner Sir Adrian Bird

This year's winners of the Lundbeck Foundation’s Brain Prize are Sir Adrian Bird and Huda Zoghbi, who are recognized for their work towards understanding the inherited brain disorder Rett syndrome. Technology Networks recently spoke to Sir Adrian to discuss his lab’s contribution towards decoding the syndrome's origins.
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