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Ruth Pidsley

Ruth Pidsley was previously a Volunteer Writer at BioNews, having originally joined the publication under the auspices of its writing scheme. She is studying for a PhD at the Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre, a multidisciplinary partnership between the Medical Research Council and King's College London's Institute of Psychiatry, where her research focuses on identifying associations between epigenetic variation and psychiatric phenotypes including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Her research has been published in journals including Biological Psychiatry, Brain, Developmental Neuroscience, Epigenetics, Epigenomics, Human Molecular Genetics, Molecular Psychiatry, Neuroscience, PLoS ONE and Psychiatric Genetics. Previously, she studied Human Sciences at the University of Oxford, and went on to work as a Research Assistant in a psychiatric genetics laboratory at the Wellcome Trust's Centre for Human Genetics.

BioNews Review articles written by Ruth Pidsley:
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Book Review: Epigenetics - Linking Genotype and Phenotype in Development and Evolution
23 April 2012 - by Ruth Pidsley
Epigenetics has become something of a hot topic in recent years throughout the scientific community. 'Epigenetics: Linking Genotype and Phenotype in Development and Evolution', edited by Professors Benedikt Hallgr√≠msson and Brian Hall, reminds a new generation of molecular and systems biologists about the historical roots and scope of epigenetics... [Read More]
TV Review: Horizon - The Nine Months That Made You
30 August 2011 - by Ruth Pidsley
Forget 'you are what you eat'. Rather 'you are what your mother ate'. That is the dramatic message of the BBC's latest episode of Horizon 'The Nine Months That Made You', broadcast on Monday 22 August. The documentary was an account of the Barker Theory that birth weight determines health in later life... [Read More]
Book Review: The Imprinted Brain - How Genes Set the Balance Between Autism and Psychosis
13 April 2010 - by Ruth Pidsley
The Imprinted Brain sets out a startling new theory that could reshape the way we think about the human brain... [Read More]

BioNews News articles written by Ruth Pidsley:
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Stress response spans generations
4 July 2011 - by Ruth Pidsley
Scientists have shown that the effects of stress can be passed from one generation to the next via chemical changes to the DNA which turn genes on or off without altering the code itself.... [Read More]
Has personalised medicine arrived? Genome scan used to identify rare condition
20 June 2011 - by Ruth Pidsley
US scientists have reported possibly the first example of using one person's genetic sequence to refine a diagnosis and provide personalised medical treatment. Whole-genome sequencing (WGS) helped pinpoint defects in the DNA of 14-year-old fraternal twins Noah and Alexis Beery causing their rare neurological condition, dopamine-responsive dystonia (DRD)... [Read More]
Stem cell research may help our understanding of schizophrenia
18 April 2011 - by Ruth Pidsley
Skin cells from four people with schizophrenia have been successfully reprogrammed into an embryonic-like state and then transformed into brain cells. The research, published in Nature, offers scientists a novel way to study the causes of schizophrenia... [Read More]
Heart bypass 'leftovers' yield stem cells
4 May 2010 - by Ruth Pidsley
Stem cells have been successfully extracted from veins left over from heart bypass surgery. Scientists hope that such cells could be used in the treatment of future heart conditions by stimulating the growth of new arteries... [Read More]
New IVF technique could prevent transmission of mitochondrial disorders
19 April 2010 - by Ruth Pidsley
A team of researchers at Newcastle University in the UK has been successful in attempts to transfer genetic material from one newly fertilised human egg to another without carrying over the egg's mitochondria (the energy-producing structures of a cell)... [Read More]
Gene therapy could reverse lethal muscle-wasting disease
8 March 2010 - by Ruth Pidsley
A team of researchers based at Ohio State University, USA, have used gene therapy to restore nerve and muscle function and prolong life in mice with a form of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), a lethal childhood muscle-wasting disorder. Results from the study, published in the journal Nature Biotechnology, were so encouraging that the researchers hope to progress to human trials within two years... [Read More]
Second child born to ovarian transplant mother
1 March 2010 - by Ruth Pidsley
A Danish woman has become the first in the world to give birth for a second time following an ovarian transplant... [Read More]
Genetic variants linked to early-onset dementia
22 February 2010 - by Ruth Pidsley
An international team of scientists have identified two genetic variants associated with fronto-temporal dementia (FTD), a common form of early onset dementia. The study, published in Nature Genetics, could help in the search for new treatments to tackle the disease.... [Read More]
Genetic variant may influence biological ageing
15 February 2010 - by Ruth Pidsley
Scientists have identified a genetic variant that may influence the rate at which a person will age. The finding, published in last week's edition of the journal Nature Genetics, could help identify which individuals are most susceptible to common age-related conditions, such as heart disease and Alzheimer's disease.... [Read More]
Experts warn of rising infertility in developing countries
7 February 2010 - by Ruth Pidsley
Infertility levels are rising faster in developing countries than in developed countries, warned experts speaking at the 'Updates in Infertility Treatment (UIT) 2010' conference in Seville, Spain, last week... [Read More]