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Chris Hardy

Chris Hardy was previously a Volunteer Writer at BioNews, having originally joined the publication under the auspices of its writing scheme. He is currently undertaking a PhD at the Dementia Research Centre at University College London (UCL) under the supervision of Professor Jason Warren and Professor Sebastian Crutch. He is focussing on understanding the mechanisms of auditory signal decoding in the primary progressive aphasias: subtypes of dementia that predominately affect language processing and comprehension. His research combines behavioural, structural and functional neuroimaging approaches and is supported by a Medical Research Council studentship. Previously, he studied Psychology at the University of Exeter, and went on to obtain a MSc at UCL's Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience.

BioNews Review articles written by Chris Hardy:
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Event Review: Bio-Revolution
17 March 2014 - by Chris Hardy
At the Science Museum's 'drinking and thinking' event, visitors extracted DNA from strawberries and discussed genome sequencing in the NHS... [Read More]

BioNews News articles written by Chris Hardy:
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Alzheimer's gene affects brain development in children
18 July 2016 - by Chris Hardy
A gene variant linked to increased risk of Alzheimer's disease may affect memory and thinking skills in children, a study has found... [Read More]
BRCA1 link to Alzheimer's disease
7 December 2015 - by Chris Hardy
Scientists have identified a link between the product of the BRCA1 gene, variants which can cause breast and ovarian cancer, and Alzheimer's disease... [Read More]
Blood test detects biological age, risk of dementia
14 September 2015 - by Chris Hardy
A blood test designed to assess how well somebody is ageing could be used to predict whether or not they are likely to develop certain illnesses, like Alzheimer's disease... [Read More]
Postmortem findings hint at Alzheimer's gene therapy effect
7 September 2015 - by Chris Hardy
An experimental gene therapy used in patients with Alzheimer's disease appears to slow down neural degeneration.... [Read More]
Immune-related mutations might maintain memory
1 December 2014 - by Chris Hardy
Common variants of immune-related genes have been linked with memory performance... [Read More]
Schizophrenia is actually eight distinct disorders, say scientists after genome study
22 September 2014 - by Chris Hardy
Schizophrenia might in fact be a group of related but distinct genetic disorders - a study has identified specific gene clusters that can be linked to eight clinically different types of the psychiatric illness... [Read More]
Alzheimer's-linked gene missing in man with healthy brain
18 August 2014 - by Chris Hardy
A man without a working copy of a gene thought to be necessary for healthy brain function - and linked with Alzheimer's disease - has a 'grossly normal cognitive status'. Targeting this gene in people at-risk for the disease could help to protect them against it... [Read More]
Scientists use DNA to predict facial features
24 March 2014 - by Chris Hardy
A new technique allows scientists to make guesses about what a person's face looks like, by examining just 20 genes in their DNA... [Read More]
Institute may retract stem cell acid bath paper
17 March 2014 - by Chris Hardy
The Japanese research centre responsible for two stem cell experiments published in January has admitted that it may have to retract the papers, as the investigation into research misconduct in relation to the two articles continues... [Read More]
T-cell gene therapy successful in early clinical trial
24 February 2014 - by Chris Hardy
Researchers trialling a gene therapy-based treatment for leukemia have said the early results go beyond anything they could have thought of in their 'wildest dreams'... [Read More]