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America Analysis, July 2019

North America Analysis – July 2019

Welcome to the July 2019 edition of North America Analysis, which features a wide range of insightful content on policy issues with a special focus on biology.

Bringing mathematical perspectives to the biological search for the Rules of Life

Editor of Open Access Government, Jonathan Miles, spoke to Juan Meza at the National Science Foundation about the launch of four new centres to bring mathematical perspectives to the biological search for the Rules of Life.
oxytocin in birth, oxytocin vasopressin

Oxytocin, vasopressin and mother nature

Dr Sue Carter, The Kinsey Institute, discusses the critical role of oxytocin in birth, lactation and maternal behaviour and in tuning the baby’s developing endocrine and nervous system.
functional nanomaterials, biological targeting

Functional nanomaterials: Fit for purpose

Researchers at Técnico, Univ. Lisboa, share their expertise on functional nanomaterials and why they are fit for purpose.
aliens in the baltic, biofouling

Biofouling: Aliens in the Baltic Sea

Dominik Littfass, HELCOM Communication Secretary explains the biofouling – the attachment of living organisms to the hull of ships – one of the main vectors of invasions of aquatic ecosystems from alien or non-indigenous species.
systematic lupus, chronic autoimmune condition

MASTERPLANS to disentangle Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)

Professor Ian N Bruce MD FRCP, Professor of Rheumatology at the University of Manchester shares his expertise here on Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE), a chronic multisystem autoimmune condition.
women in engineering

Women keen to develop engineering and STEM skills

As the country marks International Women in Engineering Day on June 23rd, figures revealed by Open Study College show engineering courses ranked within the top 10 most popular courses for women.
maternal and foetal health, preeclampsia

Vitamin D and preeclampsia: Improving maternal and foetal health

Yuping Wang and David F. Lewis, from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center – Shreveport, share with us their fascinating research on vitamin D and preeclampsia research, including a promising option in this vein to improve maternal and foetal health.
chronic autoimmune uveitis, ophthalmology

Understanding chronic autoimmune uveitis through ophthalmology research

Andrew Taylor, Professor of Ophthalmology, highlights research to understand the molecules that mediate ocular immune privilege so they can be adapted for chronic autoimmune uveitis.
biobanking initiatives, precision medicine

Precision medicine and biobanking initiatives in the Russian Federation

In this article, experts highlight developments in Russian precision medicine research and biobanking infrastructure, which boosts national biomedical research.
sleeping and ageing, treatment for insomnia

Sleep and ageing: Two sides of one coin?

Oxford University researchers have discovered a brain process common to sleep and ageing in research that could pave the way for new treatments for insomnia.
Lund Vision Group

Stanley Heinze of the Lund Vision Group – Researching visual ecology

The Lund Vision Group is a cluster of eight independent research labs in the field of visual science, studying visual ecology and neuro-ethology.
neurotrophin signalling

Complexity of neurotrophin signalling in the nervous system

Momoko Takahashi, a Doctoral Student at Northwestern University, explains the complex research of neurotrophin signalling in the nervous system in this report.
don't sleep for days, sleep deprivation

What happens to the body when you don’t sleep for days?

In this article, the health impact of when you don't sleep for days is explored: Find out what happens to you cognitively, physically, mentally and hormonally.
wildlife migrations, east africa, threat to wildlife

Wildlife migrations are collapsing in East Africa

In Kenya, wildlife numbers declined by 68% in the 40-year period from 1977 to 2016 both outside and inside protected areas, writes Dr. Joseph Ogutu, Senior Statistician at the University of Hohenheim.
understanding life

Progressing science in the U.S. – Enabling discoveries for understanding life

The work of the National Science Foundation (NSF) to advance science is charted here, with a focus on the work of their Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) in enabling discoveries for understanding life.

The biology of “love”: Lessons from prairie voles

Sue Carter, Director of The Kinsey Institute, discusses the fascinating nature of prairie voles and explains how they can teach us about the biology of “love”.
marine genomics

A look below the surface of marine genomics

Nicolas Pade, Executive Director at EMBRC-ERIC (European Marine Biological Resource Centre) takes a glimpse below the surface of marine genomics, including a fascinating discussion about our oceans and their health.
medicinal chemistry and chemical biology, University of Strathclyde

Double vision in research? Medicinal chemistry and chemical biology

Professor Colin Sucking discusses the work undertaken at the University of Strathclyde that explores the combination of medicinal chemistry and chemical biology.
biomedical research

Employing “living biobanks” to advance biomedical research

A group of seasoned experts from the International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories explain the notion of employing “living biobanks” to advance the field of biomedical research.

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