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Maren Urner

Maren Urner was previously a Volunteer Writer at BioNews, having originally joined the publication under the auspices of its writing scheme. She is currently studying for a PhD in Neuroscience as part of the Awareness Group based at University College London's Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience and the Wellcome Trust's Centre for Neuroimaging. Her research, conducted in the laboratory of Professor Geraint Rees, focuses on the flexibility of brain activation at rest in response to learning. Previously, she studied Cognitive Science at the University of Osnabrück, during which she spent a term and completed a research internship at McGill University. She obtained her Masters in Cognitive Neuroscience from Radboud University Nijmegen, where she investigated the influence of a common genetic polymorphism on emotional memory and mood disorders, and where she worked as an Editor of the Nijmegen Cognitive Neuroscience Journal.


BioNews News articles written by Maren Urner:
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Largest ever cancer gene database open to all researchers
22 July 2013 - by Maren Urner
The world's largest database of cancer-related genetic variations to date has been made available by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), US... [Read More]
Risk of teenage depression affected by genes
3 December 2012 - by Maren Urner
The risk of depression in adolescents exposed to negative environments during their childhood is partly dependent on their genetic make-up, suggest researchers... [Read More]
Depression hits genetic switch to disrupt brain cells
20 August 2012 - by Maren Urner
Researchers at Yale University in the USA may have found an explanation for why patients with severe depression often show a decreased brain volume in certain areas of the brain... [Read More]
Stem cell procedure could give hip replacements the elbow
6 June 2012 - by Maren Urner
A stem cell technique to treat the common bone disease osteonecrosis is being pioneered at Southampton General Hospital in the UK... [Read More]
Cancer complexity causes concern for personalised medicine
12 March 2012 - by Maren Urner
A single tumour can have many different genetic mutations at various locations, cancer researchers have found. In a study, two thirds of the specific genetic faults identified in tumours were not repeated in the same tumour... [Read More]
Study finds genetic link to acute myeloid leukaemia
4 April 2011 - by Maren Urner
Researchers from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute have identified three different genetic mutations linked to acute myeloid leukaemia (AML), a cancer that is characterised by a rapid increase in abnormal white blood cells in the bone marrow.... [Read More]
Smokers risk DNA damage within minutes
24 January 2011 - by Maren Urner
A team of US scientists has studied the immediate consequences of cigarette smoking in humans and found cigarette smoke potentially affects genes within a timescale of minutes.... [Read More]
Gene linked to handedness offers clue for dyslexia
8 November 2010 - by Maren Urner
Researchers from the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics at The University of Oxford have identified a genetic link between handedness and reading difficulties.... [Read More]
Giving birth to IVM babies more difficult, study finds
5 July 2010 - by Maren Urner
Babies born after in vitro maturation of ooctyes (IVM), an assisted reproductive technology (ART), seem to be larger and to have more complicated births. Researchers led by Dr Peter Sj√∂blom from Nottingham University's NURTURE IVF clinic found the average birth weight of 165 IVM babies was six to nine per cent higher than babies conceived by IVF/ICSI. The IVM babies' birth weights were also 0.3 to six per cent higher than the national average for singleton births... [Read More]
'Genetic Interest Group' changes name to 'Genetic Alliance UK'
1 June 2010 - by Maren Urner
The UK's 'Genetic Interest Group' (GIG), a national charity representing individuals with genetic conditions, today became the 'Genetic Alliance UK'... [Read More]