Joana holds a BSc in Biology, a MSc in Evolutionary and Developmental Biology and a PhD in Biomedical Sciences from Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal. Her work has been focused on the impact of non-canonical Wnt signaling in the collective behavior of endothelial cells — cells that made up the lining of blood vessels — found in the umbilical cord of newborns.
Scientists have discovered part of the mechanisms underlying synaptic plasticity — the process that allows nerve cell connections called synapses to become stronger or weaker over time — that ... Read more
Scientists found evidence of a decoupling between structural and functional changes that weaken synapses (the place where nerve cells communicate). The findings may help identify new therapeutic targets and ... Read more
Trifluoperazine, an approved antipsychotic medication normally prescribed to treat schizophrenia and anxiety, may be a promising therapeutic candidate for people with fragile X syndrome, a new study suggests. The ... Read more
A mouse model of fragile X syndrome shows mild auditory impairments resembling those seen in people with the disorder, a study found. The study, “Characterization of auditory and binaural ... Read more
Derivatives of an Alzheimer’s disease precursor may be valuable biomarkers of disease activity in fragile X syndrome, according to a recent study. The results of the study, “Peripheral Amyloid ... Read more
Most caregivers claim that children with fragile X syndrome (FXS) show signs of social avoidance, unresponsiveness or lethargy and irritability, confirming the utility of a set of subscales traditionally ... Read more
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