Dr Tanja Jovanovic – Trauma in Childhood: How Adversity Affects Brain Development

Dr Tanja Jovanovic – Trauma in Childhood: How Adversity Affects Brain Development

Exposure to childhood trauma increases the risk of developing mental health issues in adulthood. However, the processes through which this occurs are currently unknown. Using magnetic resonance imaging, laboratory-based measurements of fear, and the assessment of clinical symptomatology, Dr Tanja Jovanovic from Wayne State University is investigating the effect that trauma has on brain development. She hopes her findings will help identify those children at risk of anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder so that preventative measures can be put in place to ensure brighter futures for children in their adulthood years.

Dr. Roy Jafari – Artificial Neural Networks: Utilising Machine Learning for Equitable Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Dr. Roy Jafari – Artificial Neural Networks: Utilising Machine Learning for Equitable Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Breast cancer is the most commonly occurring cancer in women, and it is pivotal that it is diagnosed correctly and promptly. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is now widely used in diagnosis to produce more accurate results. Dr. Roy Jafari from the University of Redlands is training a type of AI called an Artificial Neural Network to make more equitable diagnosis decisions for patients. He hopes that focussing on decision-making will reduce stress on patients and create a better care experience.

Establishing Methods for Medical Imaging and Research: Collaborative Research Centre 1340

Establishing Methods for Medical Imaging and Research: Collaborative Research Centre 1340

As medicine progresses, new techniques are needed to visualise abnormal extracellular structures with greater specificity and resolution. Currently, there is a clear lack of molecular tools to image extracellular structures with the detail needed for early diagnosis of various medical conditions. Based at the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, the Collaborative Research Centre 1340 represents a large collaboration of researchers from institutions across Berlin, who are working to establish new methods for medical imaging and research at the anatomical and molecular levels.

Dr John Walker – Herbivore Helpers: Using Livestock to Manage Rangelands

Dr John Walker – Herbivore Helpers: Using Livestock to Manage Rangelands

Domestic herbivores – such as cattle, sheep, and goats – are remarkably important to ecosystems. Their feeding behaviours aid the management of natural habitats by preventing any individual plant species dominating the landscape. Thus, understanding livestock dietary preferences is vital for informing land management decisions. Dr John Walker from the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center has devoted his career to exploring livestock dietary preferences, and how they can be manipulated to benefit rangelands. His ‘Aggie Cedar Eater’ (ACE) goats are now helping to control invasive juniper shrubs across the Great Plains of the US.

Dr Dennis Busch | Dr Andrew Cartmill – Agricultural Research Today for a Better Future Tomorrow

Dr Dennis Busch | Dr Andrew Cartmill – Agricultural Research Today for a Better Future Tomorrow

How to support the expanding human population is one of the greatest societal challenges in the 21st century. To meet the demand for food, fuel and fibre, agricultural productivity will need to dramatically increase. However, to ensure long-term sustainability and resilience, increased productivity must not sacrifice the health of the surrounding ecosystems. Led by Dr Dennis Busch and Dr Andrew Cartmill, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s Agro-Ecosystem Research Program draws on the expertise of local and international collaborating scientists and farmers to develop alternative agricultural practices that support sustainable intensification for future food security.

Scientia Issue #135

Scientia Issue #135

Building a robust STEM community is dependent upon innovative and inclusive education, from primary school to university and beyond. Therefore, this issue showcases an inspiring collection of projects, each seeking to enhance STEM education worldwide.

Scientia Issue #134

Scientia Issue #134

While the world’s attention is focused on eradicating COVID-19, we must not forget that unsustainable farming practices and the ensuing biodiversity declines were leading factors in the emergence of this devastating disease. To prevent future pandemics, we must now find new ways to feed the human population while also protecting and restoring Earth’s biodiversity. Such sustainable agricultural methods have a range of other positive impacts, including climate change mitigation, improved animal welfare, and reduced social inequality.

Scientia Issue #133

Scientia Issue #133

  TRANSFORMING GLOBAL HEALTH THROUGH SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERY   As 2020 draws to a close and we look towards 2021, the importance of innovation and progress in science, medicine and healthcare has never felt more urgent or critical. Without doubt,...

Dr Jessica Galgano – Exploring the Neural Mechanisms of Speech and Language to Inform Clinical Practice

Dr Jessica Galgano – Exploring the Neural Mechanisms of Speech and Language to Inform Clinical Practice

The neural mechanisms behind speech and voice production are intricate but not yet fully characterised. For speech and vocal disordered populations, understanding the central mechanisms behind speech and sound production is essential to improve treatment options and rehabilitation techniques. Taking a scientist-practitioner approach, Dr Jessica Galgano, of New York University Grossman School of Medicine and founder of Open Lines Speech and Communication, is researching the underpinnings of speech and the clinical efficacy of current treatments for voice, speech, and language disorders.

Professor Marino Resendiz – Exploring the Links Between Oxidative Stress, RNA Damage and Disease

Professor Marino Resendiz – Exploring the Links Between Oxidative Stress, RNA Damage and Disease

When the concentration of antioxidants and free radicals in your cells is out of balance, they experience oxidative stress. This may, in turn, result in damage to important cellular components that alter their original function, potentially having a role in the progression/development of disease. Professor Marino Resendiz from the University of Colorado Denver is researching how the modifications generated by oxidative stress alter the function and structure of RNA, an important component of all cellular organisms. His work has already demonstrated some of the changes that oxidative damage can result in, and how the oxidative modifications may potentially lead to novel structures with potential therapeutic uses.

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SciComm Corner – The SciComm crisis surrounding COVID-19 vaccines

SciComm Corner – The SciComm crisis surrounding COVID-19 vaccines

Following the announcements of three approved COVID-19 vaccines, when many of us were dancing for joy, anti-vaccination – or ‘anti-vax’ – proponents around the world were ramping up their efforts. Twitter posts quickly began circulating drawing comparisons between the new COVID-19 vaccines and thalidomide – the notorious medication that led to thousands of children being born with congenital disorders in the 1960s. Conveniently, the posts failed to mention that the tragedies wrought by thalidomide led to strict new regulations for clinical trials that have ultimately helped medicine to reach the excellent safety records experienced today. Science, by its very nature, is a field that recognises and develops from past mistakes.

#Scientists @txextension have shown how they can change #livestock's diet preferences to benefit #rangeland #ecology. Their ACE #goats are now helping to control #invasive #juniper shrubs across the #GreatPlains of the US
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The #AgroEcosystem #Research Program @uwplatteville draws on the expertise of collaborating #scientists & #farmers to develop #agricultural practices that support sustainable intensification, towards achieving future #foodsecurity:
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#Researchers @waynestate @TJovanovic_PhD & @DTP_Wayne are using #MRI, lab-based measurements of #fear and the assessment of clinical symptomatology to understand the impact of #childhood #trauma on #brain development. Read more here: https://www.scientia.global/dr-tanja-jovanovic-trauma-in-childhood-how-adversity-affects-brain-development/ #PTSD #Adversity

#Researchers @nyugrossman are investigating the underpinnings of #speech and the clinical efficacy of current #treatments for #voice, speech and #language disorders to improve patient care. Read more about this important work here: https://www.scientia.global/dr-jessica-galgano-exploring-the-neural-mechanisms-of-speech-and-language-to-inform-clinical-practice/ #scicomm

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