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New Research: The observer effect in biological X-ray fluorescence microscopy

The observer effect. At what point does the act of measuring a specimen make the measurements invalid? X-ray fluorescence microscopy is an interesting  and powerful technique. Trace elements can be imaged in astonishing detail from intact specimens. But every measured

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New Research: Changing metal levels in traumatic brain injury

It’s been a while since we’ve been active here, but as annual money-begging season has drawn to a close, it’s time to update everyone on the slew of new papers coming from our lab. Over the next few weeks, there’ll

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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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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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New research: An iron-dopamine index predicts risk of parkinsonian neurodegeneration in the substantia nigra pars compacta

We’ve just published new work in Chemical Science about how the chemistry of two essential ingredients of our brain stew may be at the very heart of Parkinson’s disease pathology. Iron and dopamine are both necessary for healthy brain function, but are

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