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Ruairi J Mackenzie

Senior Science Writer

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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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Opinionated Science Episode 15: COVID-19 and the Brain: Investigating the “Silent Wave”
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Opinionated Science Episode 15: COVID-19 and the Brain: Investigating the “Silent Wave”

On this episode, the team will discuss how the SARS-CoV-2 virus affects our brain. This podcast will untangle the disparate effects involved, covering everything from a subdued sense of smell to serious brain inflammation and damage.
Could Overcrowded Cells Kickstart Neurodegeneration?
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Could Overcrowded Cells Kickstart Neurodegeneration?

An ambitious new research project powered by hitherto inaccessible techniques is investigating whether a crowded cellular environment might have a role to play in the origin of neurodegeneration.
What Does COVID-19 Do to the Nervous System?
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What Does COVID-19 Do to the Nervous System?

The first widespread reports that SARS-CoV-2 might be affecting our nervous system were quite innocuous. But over the following months, reports of far more severe neurological side effects emerged. In this article, we take a look at the neurological symptoms of COVID-19.
The Antibody Revolution in Neuroscience
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The Antibody Revolution in Neuroscience

The use of immune molecules called antibodies in neuroscience research has revolutionized research. Download this infographic to discover how antibodies are used in neuroscience and how improvements in antibody usage can help forge a robust, reproducible future for the field.
Opinionated Science Episode 14: Cancer Immunotherapy: Vaccines, Viruses and Nobel Prizes
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Opinionated Science Episode 14: Cancer Immunotherapy: Vaccines, Viruses and Nobel Prizes

In this episode, the team explore cancer immunotherapy, a revolutionary set of treatments that has fundamentally changed cancer care.
How the Loss of a Single Protein Leads to a Relentless Neuromuscular Disease
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How the Loss of a Single Protein Leads to a Relentless Neuromuscular Disease

A new study has laid out the steps that connect the neuromuscular disorder spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) to the mutations in the gene SMN1 that cause the condition. The research may explain how the mutations affect motor neurons and points the way to a better understanding of SMA.
5 Reasons To Be Optimistic About Alzheimer’s Research
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5 Reasons To Be Optimistic About Alzheimer’s Research

News of research into the progressive dementia Alzheimer’s disease (AD) often makes for grim reading. But this doesn’t mean significant progress hasn’t been made. To mark World Alzheimer’s Day 2020, we have highlighted five areas of AD research which have seen notable advances.
How Can Healthcare Workers Keep Up With the Latest Research?
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How Can Healthcare Workers Keep Up With the Latest Research?

Between caring for patients and battling global pandemics, healthcare workers have a lot on their plate. How can healthcare workers make time to keep abreast of the latest literature in their field?
Portable 90-Minute COVID-19 Test CovidNudge Matches Labs for Accuracy
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Portable 90-Minute COVID-19 Test CovidNudge Matches Labs for Accuracy

Since the emergence of the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, scientists, physicians and key workers have all been calling for more rapid diagnostic testing. A new study from Imperial College London details a device that can give test results in just 90 minutes.
Opinionated Science Episode 13: Connecting the Brain: “Thought Tetris”, Brain Privacy and Neuralink
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Opinionated Science Episode 13: Connecting the Brain: “Thought Tetris”, Brain Privacy and Neuralink

In this episode, the team discuss efforts to let your brain communicate beyond the limits of your head. Whilst much of this research is still in early stages, scientists have shown how individuals can share thoughts through brain wave-based games of Tetris, and tech entrepreneurs have looked to a future where brains can be directly joined with computers. We look into these technologies’ potential to help paralysis patients and the ethical implications of a network of interconnected brains.
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