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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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Inside a “Fake” Conference: A Journey Into Predatory Science
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Inside a “Fake” Conference: A Journey Into Predatory Science

There is a growing underbelly of conferences that seem like the real thing but have none of the editorial standards expected by academics and have developed a reputation for advertising with fake agendas and high prices. A chance investigation took us inside one of these predatory conferences and has uncovered how predatory science has ensnared scientists at every level.
Neurogenomics
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Neurogenomics

Over the recent decades, science has witnessed the coupling of the neuroscience and genomics research fields to create a novel area known as neurogenomics. In this infographic, we explore how neurogenomics came to be, the methodologies commonly adopted in research studies and how it contributes to our understanding of neurological diseases.
Overcoming the Data Analysis Bottleneck in High-throughput Chemistry
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Overcoming the Data Analysis Bottleneck in High-throughput Chemistry

Whilst some aspects of biochemistry research have become increasingly high-throughput, other, like analysis of chemical data, are too often laborious and slow. We talked to Andrew Anderson, Vice President of Innovation and Informatics Strategy at ACD/Labs about how the field is being changed by automation and how Katalyst hopes to speed up pharmaceutical development.
Simple Eye Measurement Helps Improve Outcomes for Brain Injury Patients
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Simple Eye Measurement Helps Improve Outcomes for Brain Injury Patients

Pupillometry is an ingenious way of assessing brain health by measuring data from patients’ eyes. New technology has helped standardize pupillometry, and these measurements are now helping treat patients with life-threatening brain injuries. We spoke to Kathleen Pierson, Vice President, Global Sales and Marketing, at pupillometry leader NeurOptics, to find out more.
The Way Forward for Antibodies in Neuroscience
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The Way Forward for Antibodies in Neuroscience

Antibodies are an essential part of everyday neuroscience research. But recently, high-profile criticism has cast doubt on their reliability and reproducibility. We caught up with Bio-Techne’s Raymond Chan and Katherine Bradley to find out how providers are hoping to improve antibodies and make them fit for a more reproducible future in neuroscience.
Can We Really Measure Stress?
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Can We Really Measure Stress?

Oxford Medistress, developer of the Leukocyte Coping Capacity (LCC) test, says that the test can measure your stress levels in 10 minutes, by sampling a drop of your blood. Could the test revolutionize the field of stress diagnostics? In this article we explore the history of measuring stress, and find out whether the LCC will be a milestone or side-note in that history.
The Lab of the Future
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The Lab of the Future

Predicting the future isn’t straightforward, but efforts to move research forward are happening in the here and now, and we can look to technologies in their infancy today that promise to become essential parts of research practice tomorrow. This infographic will investigate some of these technologies and the impact they could have on research.

Why Automation Has a Major Role to Play in the Future of Cryo-EM
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Why Automation Has a Major Role to Play in the Future of Cryo-EM

Cryogenic electron microscopy (cryo-EM) is an indispensable technique for structural biologists. But this wasn’t always the case. We spoke to Bridget Carragher, Co-Director of the Simons Electron Microscopy Center to discover how automation has improved cryo-EM.
A Better Lifecycle for Analytical Methods?
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A Better Lifecycle for Analytical Methods?

Hovione, a global contract development and manufacturing organization, has adopted method lifecycle management techniques (MLCM) for its chromatographic and detection. We sat down with Hovione’s Principal Analytical Chemist of Analytical Development, Antonio Ramos and Waters Corporation’s Principal Consulting Scientist Dr Paula Hong to discuss MLCM.
Making Neuroscience More Credible at BNA 2019
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Making Neuroscience More Credible at BNA 2019

At the British Neuroscience Association's Festival of Neuroscience 2019, we pulled aside one of the BNA's credibility board, Dr Verena Heise to ask her about credibility in neuroscience, how she became involved in promoting it, and how other players in research can help advance the credibility cause.
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