Patrícia Silva, PhD, director of science content —

Patrícia holds a PhD in medical microbiology and infectious diseases from the Leiden University Medical Center, Netherlands, and completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Instituto de Medicina Molecular, Lisbon, Portugal. Her work in academia was mainly focused on molecular biology and the genetic traits of infectious agents such as viruses and parasites. Patrícia earned several travel awards to present her work at international scientific meetings. She is a published author of several peer-reviewed science articles.

Articles by Patrícia Silva

Researchers Discover Key Role for Cholinergic Neurons

In a recent study entitled “Central Cholinergic Neurons Are Rapidly Recruited by Reinforcement Feedback” and published in Cell, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory researchers found that cholinergic neurons play a key role in the response to unexpected triggers. Cholinergic neurons are nerve cells which mainly use the neurotransmitter acetylcholine…

Potential Biomarkers for Alzheimer’s Disease Early Diagnosis

Alzheimer’s disease is a neurodegenerative disorder characterized by cognitive and behavioral problems. It is the most common form of dementia in the elderly with patients initially experiencing memory loss and confusion that gradually leads to behavior and personality changes, a decline in cognitive abilities and ultimately to severe loss of…