Prof Ferruh Artunc – Uncovering the Mechanisms Behind Nephrotic Syndrome to Develop Novel Therapeutics

Prof Ferruh Artunc – Uncovering the Mechanisms Behind Nephrotic Syndrome to Develop Novel Therapeutics

Kidney disease impacts many people throughout the world and it can sometimes take the severe form of nephrotic syndrome. This condition results in many difficult symptoms but it is best represented by the presence of oedema, which is the severe swelling of the legs and eyelids. Currently, the exact mechanisms underlying oedema formation are poorly understood. Prof Ferruh Artunc from the Tübingen University Hospital in Germany is using his expertise in nephrology to uncover these mechanisms. His work has strengthened our comprehension of oedema formation in nephrotic syndrome and it may even lead to novel therapeutics in the future.

Dr. Robert Trestman – START NOW: An Effective Mental Health Intervention

Dr. Robert Trestman – START NOW: An Effective Mental Health Intervention

Dr. Robert Trestman, at the Carilion Clinic and Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, has co-developed START NOW, a successful group psychotherapy intervention specifically targeting mental health issues in prisoners. It combines elements of cognitive behavioral therapy to form skills-based learning. Furthermore, START NOW is easily accessible, cost-effective, and designed for use in settings with limited resources. Due to its success within correctional institutions, START NOW is being adapted for use in fields such as adolescent conduct issues and opioid misuse.

Dr Hernando Lopez-Bertoni – Tackling Aggressive Brain Cancer With MicroRNA and Nanoparticles

Dr Hernando Lopez-Bertoni – Tackling Aggressive Brain Cancer With MicroRNA and Nanoparticles

Glioblastoma multiforme is an aggressive and life-threatening form of brain cancer. Although some treatments are available to provide comfort and prolong life, it remains an incurable and devastating disease. With the goal of advancing diagnostics and treatments for glioblastoma, Dr Hernando Lopez-Bertoni is carrying out exciting research at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Taking on board the cancer stem cell hypothesis, Dr Lopez-Bertoni has made fascinating discoveries into how miRNA genetic material can be utilised and how it could be delivered to the brain via nanoparticles.

Dr Michael Wangler – Using Genetics to Diagnose Rare Metabolic Diseases

Dr Michael Wangler – Using Genetics to Diagnose Rare Metabolic Diseases

Identifying the cause of an illness in a sick baby or child is not always easy, particularly if the disease is rare. Throughout his career, Dr Michael Wangler, at the Baylor College of Medicine and Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute, has investigated rare childhood diseases. Combining his expertise in paediatrics and genetics, Dr Wangler utilises genomics, metabolomics and the humble fruit fly to identify the genes responsible for rare and undiagnosed diseases to improve both diagnosis and treatment.

Dr Stephen Kry – Improving the Quality and Accuracy of Radiotherapy Through Research

Dr Stephen Kry – Improving the Quality and Accuracy of Radiotherapy Through Research

Radiation therapy is an effective and widely used method of treating cancer, and as with any treatment, it is essential to get the right dose. However, Dr Stephen Kry from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center has found widespread errors in the systems that calculate the doses patients receive. Through his research, he has helped to identify where these errors occur, how common they are, and provide possible solutions. He hopes that his work will go on to improve the quality and efficacy of radiotherapy for many cancer patients.

Scientia Issue #139

Scientia Issue #139

This important issue of Scientia takes an exciting look into the future of health and healthcare delivery across the world. It is with great pride that we celebrate the significant advances that have been achieved across the broad realms of health and healthcare despite the adversity caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Scientia Issue #138

Scientia Issue #138

As the most complex organ in the human body, conditions affecting the brain can deleteriously severe impacts on people’s lives. In this riveting and thought-provoking issue of Scientia, we showcase the scientists who are charting new frontiers in psychological and brain sciences to build brighter futures and improve well-being for all.

Scientia Issue #137

Scientia Issue #137

As the most complex organ in the human body, conditions affecting the brain can deleteriously severe impacts on people’s lives. In this riveting and thought-provoking issue of Scientia, we showcase the scientists who are charting new frontiers in psychological and brain sciences to build brighter futures and improve well-being for all.

Dr Egbert Giles Leigh, Jr – How Ecosystems are Built: Competition and Cooperation in Evolution

Dr Egbert Giles Leigh, Jr – How Ecosystems are Built: Competition and Cooperation in Evolution

Despite the old adage ‘nice guys finish last’, cooperation is common in life – from the scale of genes or cells through to entire societies. Although these two ideas seem to contradict each other, Dr Egbert Giles Leigh Jr has demonstrated throughout his career at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama that working together has been the key to the success of multicellular life. Here, he explains his view of how competition and cooperation both played essential roles in bringing forth productive, diverse ecosystems.

Dr Kim de Mutsert – Identifying Effective Strategies to Protect Louisiana’s Precious Wetlands

Dr Kim de Mutsert – Identifying Effective Strategies to Protect Louisiana’s Precious Wetlands

The Louisiana coastal zone is the fastest-eroding wetland in the US. This region is home to a variety of vitally important fish species for local fishing industry and ecosystems, which are currently under threat. Conservation schemes have been proposed under the 2017 Louisiana Coastal Master Plan in an attempt to preserve coastal habitats and their inhabitants. Dr Kim de Mutsert of the University of Southern Mississippi and her colleagues use simulations to reveal how different management strategies will affect fish and shellfish up to 50 years from now.

SciComm Services

We encourage all formats of sharing and republishing of our articles. Whether you want to host on your website, publication or blog, we welcome this. Find out more

 

Subscribe now!


We have just published our outreach article about #NephroticSyndrome, #proteasuria and proteolytic #ENaC activation in the leading science communication publication, @scientia_social
https://doi.org/10.33548/SCIENTIA748

#Scientists @MemorialU study #physiology to understand how fish adapt to #ClimateChange. Their #research is invaluable for informing #conservation strategies for wild #fish, & improving the #sustainability of fish farming. @munocean #SciComm #aquaculture
https://youtu.be/vB1WLk7YV8w

Researchers @vtcsom developed START NOW, a successful #psychotherapy intervention targeting #mentalhealth issues in #prisoners. Read about the development of the programme and adaptation for use in fields such as adolescent conduct issues & opioid misuse: https://www.scientia.global/dr-robert-trestman-start-now-an-effective-mental-health-intervention/

Load More...

BARRIER FREE POLICY

No pay walls. No subscription walls. No language barrier. Simple instant public access to science – opening a dialogue between science and society.

CREATIVE COMMONS

We publish under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 (CC BY-NC 4.0)

DECLARATION ON RESEARCH ASSESSMENT (DORA)

We support and encourage the DORA initiative

OPEN ACCESS POLICY

Scientia adheres to the open access policy. Open Access (OA) stands for unrestricted access and unrestricted reuse.

DOI

Scientia is officially registered with CrossRef making our research content easy to find, cite, link, and assess.