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Interview from the March for Science

Hey folks, it’s been a while. I promise there’s quite a bit to update you all with, and will try to do so in the coming weeks. In the meantime, I was proud to be a marshal at the Melbourne

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Vote in the Centenary Institute’s Lawrence Creative Prize

Hey guys, long time no post. Trust me, there’s more coming soon when I can find the time to talk about some of the recent metal-centric work coming from our lab. In the meantime, I’ve entered the Centenary Institute’s Lawrence

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New Research: Can lead and manganese in blood identify Alzheimer’s disease?

Unfortunately not. Lead has been in the news a lot recently; you’d have to be hiding under a rock to not know about the current environmental tragedy happening in Flint, Michigan, where toxic levels of lead have been found in

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Do we need another “-omics”?

I am a believer!

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As the year comes to a close…

…I’ve finally got around to updating our publications for 2015. You can find them here, and a lot of them are open access, so you can take a look for free. More will be added over the coming days.

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Imaging metals in worms

Caenorhabditis elegans might not be an animal you’re particularly familiar with, but this humble little worm is one of the most important tools we have for studying metals in biological systems. These 1 mm long roundworms are self-fertilising, meaning you

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Sneak peak: 3D printing metals in the brain

We’ve been harping on about our recent Chemical Science paper, which officially was published this week and can be downloaded for free here. Firstly, thanks to our friend Jonas Marnell of Ethix Design in Melbourne for the amazing cover artwork shown here. Anyway, we’re

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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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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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