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Michelle Downes

Michelle Downes 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 at University College London (UCL)'s Institute of Child Health, where her research focuses on the neuropsychological development of children with genetic and developmental disorders, and she also writes about Science for Pi magazine. Previously, she obtained a BA in Psychology from the National University of Ireland Galway, and went on to obtain an Msc in Paediatric Neuropsychology at UCL. She has also worked in an eating disorders unit for adolescents with the Huntercombe Group, as a behavioural specialist with the Challenge Network, and as an honorary research assistant in neuropsychology at Boston Children's Hospital and Great Ormond Street Hospital. She tweets as @shellydownesy


BioNews Review articles written by Michelle Downes:
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Film Review: Side Effects
28 March 2013 - by Michelle Downes
Lives are torn apart by the misuse of prescription drugs in Steven Soderbergh's 'Side Effects', a twist-filled indictment of the pharmaceutical industry and the US healthcare system... [Read More]

BioNews News articles written by Michelle Downes:
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Genetic link found between reading and maths ability in children
14 July 2014 - by Michelle Downes
Around half of the genes that influence reading ability are also involved in mathematical aptitude, a study has found... [Read More]
Gene activity decline behind 'senior moments'
2 September 2013 - by Michelle Downes
Age-related memory loss could be the result of low levels of protein in the brain, according to researchers at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC)... [Read More]
UK justice secretary seeks to ban fertility treatment for prisoners
4 March 2013 - by Michelle Downes
Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has pledged to stop prisoners getting access to IVF treatment at the taxpayer's expense.... [Read More]
Updated NICE guidance expands entitlements to IVF
25 February 2013 - by Michelle Downes
Women over the age of 40, same-sex couples, and people with disabilities have been addressed for the first time in the updated NICE guideline on fertility treatment... [Read More]
Cell ageing slowed by HRT, but only for Alzheimer's risk gene carriers
18 February 2013 - by Michelle Downes
Hormone replacement therapy, used to treat the symptoms of menopause, may play a role in slowing the ageing process in women who carry a certain gene variant, claim scientists... [Read More]
3D printing technique uses human embryonic stem cells
11 February 2013 - by Michelle Downes
For the first time human embryonic stem cells have been used in a 3D printing process and retained the properties that make them unique... [Read More]
Genetic test for ginger hair?
4 February 2013 - by Michelle Downes
A DNA test has been developed to see if couples carry the 'ginger gene'... [Read More]
Human kidney tissue successfully grown from stem cells
28 January 2013 - by Michelle Downes
In what is thought to be a first, stem cells have been used to generate human kidney tissue... [Read More]