Monthly Archives: July 2016

Understanding the pathogenesis of lissencephaly with induced pluripotent stem cells

New research published in Molecular Brain has reported a characterization of the pathogenic mechanism of human lissencephaly using induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC). In this blog, Dr Hideyuki Okano, the Dean and Professor of Physiology of Keio University School of Medicine, tells us more about iPSC-based modeling of lissencephaly, which shows a congenital brain malformation.


The role of occupational hazards in depression and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders in first responders and military personnel


A new article published today in Extreme Physiology and Medicine discusses the possible effect of occupational hazards on depression and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in first responders and military personnel. In this blog, Dr Anthony Walker from University of Canberra Research Institute for Sport and Exercise shares his experiences as a professional firefighter and researcher, and discusses how chronic exposure to occupational hazards in emergency and military services can trigger PTSD.

Biology Health Medicine

A genome for the olive tree


As an indigenous Mediterranean, I must confess I am an olive oil addict. At home, we acquire this golden and delicious liquid in large quantities, as we use it in almost every dish. Luckily my confessed addiction is nothing to worry much about.