Patricia Inácio, PhD, science writer —

Patricia holds her PhD in cell biology from the University Nova de Lisboa, Portugal, and has served as an author on several research projects and fellowships, as well as major grant applications for European agencies. She also served as a PhD student research assistant in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Columbia University, New York, for which she was awarded a Luso-American Development Foundation (FLAD) fellowship.

Articles by Patricia Inácio

Huntington’s Causes Hearing Problems, Study with a Small Sample Size Suggests

Huntington’s disease causes hearing problems, a study with a small sample size suggests. The research, “Auditory dysfunction in patients with Huntington’s disease,“ was published in Clinical Neurophysiology. A severe, inherited neurodegenerative disease, Huntington’s is characterized by movement problems, cognitive deterioration and behavioral disorders. Many people with other neurodegenerative…

Using Gene Editing to Suppress Activity of Protein Mutations Could Be Way to Treat Huntington’s, Study Reports

Researchers used gene editing to suppress the activity of protein mutations in the brains of mice with  Huntington’s disease. Suppressing the huntingtin protein alleviated early signs of the disease and reduced the mice’s movement problems, the study reported. The research, “CRISPR/Cas9-mediated gene editing ameliorates neurotoxicity in mouse model of…

Monkey Models Show Human Symptoms of Huntington’s Disease

Scientists at Yerkes National Primate Research Center, Emory University have shown that transgenic monkeys for Huntington’s disease exhibit early emergent symptoms, like humans with the disease, which bolsters the idea that monkeys could be effective animal models for developing therapies. The study, “Increased irritability, anxiety, and immune reactivity in transgenic Huntington’s disease monkeys,”…

Researchers Decrease Accumulation of Damaging Huntington’s Disease Protein Using New Method in Mice

A recent study published in the journal Neuron by University of California at Irvine researchers revealed that the protein PIAS1 regulates the accumulation of a mutant protein in Huntington’s disease, and its expression associates with disease pathogenesis in a mouse model of the disease. The study, “PIAS1 Regulates Mutant Huntingtin Accumulation…