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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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How Can We Take Advantage of Ketamine’s “Window of Opportunity?”
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How Can We Take Advantage of Ketamine’s “Window of Opportunity?”

At the British Neuroscience Association’s 2021 Festival of Neuroscience, a session was devoted to the discussion of new research working towards understanding ketamine’s mechanism of action and its potential use as a treatment for alcohol use disorder.
How Important Is a Good Night's Sleep?
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How Important Is a Good Night's Sleep?

At the British Neuroscience Association's Festival of Neuroscience 2021, Neuroscience News and Research spoke to University of Pennsylvania professor Amita Sehgal about sleep and circadian rhythms.
How Wearable Technology Is Helping People With Parkinson's Disease
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How Wearable Technology Is Helping People With Parkinson's Disease

At the British Neuroscience Assoication's Festival of Neuroscience 2021, Neuroscience News and Research spoke to University of Oxford Professor Michele Hu on how new wearable technology is helping people with Parkinson's.

What's the Link Between Sports, Brain Injury and Dementia?
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What's the Link Between Sports, Brain Injury and Dementia?

At the British Neuroscience Association's Festival of Neuroscience 2021, Neuroscience News and Research spoke with Imperial College London's Professor David Sharp on the link between sports, head injuries and dementia.
The Birth of Brain Organoids With Dr Madeline Lancaster
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The Birth of Brain Organoids With Dr Madeline Lancaster

At the British Neuroscience Association's Festival of Neuroscience, Neuroscience News & Research spoke with brain organoid pioneer Madeline Lancaster.

Psychedelic Compound Compared to Antidepressant in Breakthrough Trial
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Psychedelic Compound Compared to Antidepressant in Breakthrough Trial

A new trial has directly compared the antidepressant effects of the compound psilocybin with a classical selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant, showing the two are matched in their mood-altering potential.
Beast Machines and Hallucination Networks: Anil Seth Discusses Consciousness at BNA 2021
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Beast Machines and Hallucination Networks: Anil Seth Discusses Consciousness at BNA 2021

The basis of our consciousness has perplexed experienced researchers, esteemed thinkers and the rest of humanity for several thousand years. At the British Neuroscience Association’s 2021 Festival of Neuroscience, University of Sussex Professor Anil Seth used his plenary lecture to dive deeper into new perspectives in our scientific approach to consciousness.

How Can Informatics Make the Post-COVID Workplace Safe and Secure?
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How Can Informatics Make the Post-COVID Workplace Safe and Secure?

As COVID-19 vaccination programs kick into gear, private and public workplaces are weighing up the risks and benefits of asking employees to return to the office. Affinity Empowering Inc, who offer workplace eHealth compliance services, have rolled out an end-to-end COVID-19 testing program to assist employers in their return to work protocols. We spoke to Affinity CEO Scott Storrer to find out more.
Mirror’s Image: Could a Simple Flip Produce a More Effective Ketamine-Based Antidepressant?
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Mirror’s Image: Could a Simple Flip Produce a More Effective Ketamine-Based Antidepressant?

While S-ketamine has now become licensed as the antidepressant nasal spray Spravato, research into its mirror molecule has been more limited. Now, drug developers say that R-ketamine could potentially deliver a more targeted action with fewer side effects than its more popular twin.
Opinionated Science Episode 25: AirDNA and Reversing Hair Loss in Shaved Mice
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Opinionated Science Episode 25: AirDNA and Reversing Hair Loss in Shaved Mice

In this episode, the TN team take a look at a study that has plucked DNA out of thin air, and another that points the way towards reversing stress-induced hair loss. There are several bad puns in this episode, please proceed with caution. 
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