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Yewande Pearse

Neuroscience

LA Biomed

Born and bred in North London, I am now a Research Fellow based at LA Biomed, in affiliation with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). I completed my PhD in Neuroscience at the Institute of Psychiatry in 2016, which focused on the potential use of gene therapy for the treatment of Batten disease, a fatal neurological paediatric disease. I am now working on stem cell gene therapy using CRISPR-Cas9 to treat Sanfilippo Syndrome. Before completing my PhD, I worked in the areas of Stroke and Huntington's disease research and have also worked in a care capacity, with people living with Autism, suicidal ideation, dementia and HIV Associated Neurocognitive Disorder.

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Yewande has authored 11 articles

Meet Jocelyn Bell Burnell, the astrophysicist who first noticed pulsars

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Through sheer tenacity she has forged a career in a male-dominated field

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Advances in gene therapy could help cure a cruel childhood illness

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Most viruses make people sick. But we're learning to use them to deliver cures to complex diseases

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Why scientists are transplanting artificially grown “brains” into living brains

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Scientists are making major strides in growing fully functional "mini brains" -- but what are the ethics of such science?

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When your gut bacteria talk, your brain listens and replies

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It's a conversation, one that may alter immune response and disease progression

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A rare disease offers clues to how genes affect social behavior

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Williams syndrome is helping scientists understand the roots of sociality

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Can exercise counteract the effects of aging on our muscles?

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New research is making it seem increasingly likely – to a point

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We can use genes to find serial killers, but how much more can they really tell us?

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Using genetic data from over 100,000 individuals, it is now possible to do everything from finding genetic predictors of disease to tracking murderers

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One great way to study brain diseases? 'Mini-brains' grown in dishes

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The more complex tissue structure offers new possibilities

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A protein in your brain behaves like a virus, infecting your cells with memories

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Forming a protective shell, Arc moves from neuron to neuron

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Are hallucinations a disease?

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They may be a symptom, but they are not necessarily harmful

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Meet Barbara McClintock, who used corn to decipher 'jumping genes'

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Through meticulous crossbreeding, she showed that DNA is far more complicated than scientists originally thought

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💩 The human microbiome

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When it comes to the microbiome, one size does not fit all. Before you go recommending one probiotic over another, you might want to read ahead.