Patricia Inácio, PhD, science writer —

Patricia holds her PhD in cell biology from the University Nova de Lisboa, Portugal, and has served as an author on several research projects and fellowships, as well as major grant applications for European agencies. She also served as a PhD student research assistant in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Columbia University, New York, for which she was awarded a Luso-American Development Foundation (FLAD) fellowship.

Articles by Patricia Inácio

Rare Dental Lesions Found in Young Girl with EDS

A young girl diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) exhibited a rare case of so-called odontogenic keratocysts — benign cystic lesions characterized by aggressive growth — in her jaw, according to a case report. The report highlights the importance of an interdisciplinary approach for diagnosis and treatment of such complex…

Routine Heart Tests Not Needed for Hypermobile EDS Patients Unless Cardiac Problems in Family, Study Suggests

Routine heart tests and echocardiography — a non-invasive test that uses sound waves to create moving pictures of the heart — may not be necessary for patients with hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (hEDS) who have no family history of heart problems, a small study reports. The study, “Utilization of echocardiography in Ehlers‐Danlos syndrome,”…

Analysis Pinpoints Molecular Pathways Underlying Two Types of kEDS

Despite similar clinical symptoms among kyphoscoliotic Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (kEDS) patients carrying mutations in the PLOD1 or FKBP14 genes, the molecular pathways underlying the disease may be different in each case, according to a new study. The study, “Transcriptome Profiling of Primary Skin Fibroblasts Reveal Distinct Molecular Features Between PLOD1-…

Molecular Analysis Pinpoints Pathways Underlying Defects in cEDS

Gene expression analysis of skin cells identified several molecular pathways deregulated in classical Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (cEDS) patients, which may open new avenues for therapeutics, according to a new study. The study, “Molecular insights in the pathogenesis of classical Ehlers-Danlos syndrome from transcriptome-wide expression profiling of patients’ skin fibroblasts,” was…