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Imaging metals in biology: a guide for the uninitiated

Just recently, myself, fellow Ferrumblogger and worm-expert Dr Gawain McColl, with friends of the blog Dr Martin de Jonge (a physicist from the Australian Synchrotron) and Dr Elizabeth New from Sydney University published a tutorial review in the famed chemistry journal, Chemical Society Reviews (you can

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Hit us where it hurts, Einstein…

From Homebrewed Tees

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Mapping metals in the brain

A while ago we wrote a paper on creating a three-dimensional atlas of metals in the mouse brain in the journal Analytical Chemistry, which you can find here at AC’s website if you have access through your university, and the atlas itself

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Early life iron exposure: Is it a risk factor for neurodegeneration?

Readers of this blog would have noticed a common theme: we seem to think metals have an awful lot to do with neurodegeneration. What we’re not sure of is whether this is a simple effect of disease, or maybe part of

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New research: Traumatic brain injury induces elevation of Co in the human brain

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) affects over 10 million people every year, including over 22,000 Australians. It’s also one of the leading causes of death and injury for young people, and has been implicated in the development of neurodegenerative disorders like

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How the brain destroys itself

Dominic Hare recently gave a public lecture as part of the UTS Science in Focus called ‘How the brain destroys itself’, described as: …a cautionary tale about how our brains grow, live and die; and how the chemistry of the brain that

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Our zinc in serum research featured in Chemistry World

Our latest research has been written up as a research highlight by the good folks over at Chemistry World, the Royal Society of Chemistry’s monthly publication. Head on over and check it out, and you can read our own write up

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New research: Decreased serum zinc is an effect of ageing and not Alzheimer’s disease

Some new work from our group has just gone online over at Metallomics. Pinning down the role of zinc in Alzheimer’s disease has long been a challenge to people in the AD field. In 1994, our colleague Ashley Bush found that

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From the vault: Elemental bio-imaging of thorium, uranium, and plutonium in tissues from occupationally exposed former nuclear workers

In 2010, with my colleagues at the University of Technology, Sydney and Washington State University (Go Cougars!), I looked into how former workers in the nuclear weapons manufacturing industry had an extra consideration when it came to safety on the job: these folks,

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Roll for Zinc Research

Friend of the blog A/Prof Paul Adlard teamed up over the weekend with Kingsley Just to attempt a new Guinness World Record for the most consecutive rolls completed by an aircraft. Kingsley attempted this feat to help raise money for research

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