Andrea Lobo,  —

Andrea Lobo is a Science writer at BioNews. She holds a Biology degree and a PhD in Cell Biology/Neurosciences from the University of Coimbra-Portugal, where she studied stroke biology. She was a postdoctoral and senior researcher at the Institute for Research and Innovation in Health in Porto, in drug addiction, studying neuronal plasticity induced by amphetamines. As a research scientist for 19 years, Andrea participated in academic projects in multiple research fields, including stroke, gene regulation, cancer, and rare diseases. She authored multiple research papers in peer-reviewed journals. She shifted towards a career in science writing and communication in 2022.

Articles by Andrea Lobo

Corsair raises $23M to support testing of treprostinil skin patch

Corsair Pharma has secured $23 million in financing to support clinical testing of a skin patch for the delivery of treprostinil to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), the company announced. The transdermal patch is intended to provide continuous and consistent levels of treprostinil, similar to those achieved with…

Us2.ai, Duke University team up to develop better tools using AI

A joint initiative between a Singapore-based medical technology company and Duke University is aiming to develop and commercialize artificial intelligence, or AI, tools for echocardiography — using ultrasounds to visualize the heart. Researchers from Us2.ai, the first new company created from an 11-country cardiovascular research platform, have teamed up…

Gradient raises €14M in support of ultrasound-based device for PH

Gradient Denervation Technologies has raised €14 million (around $14.9 million) in funding to support the clinical development and testing of an ultrasound-based catheter device for the treatment of pulmonary hypertension (PH). The minimally invasive catheter device is designed for use in the pulmonary arteries. It delivers therapeutic ultrasound…

People with severe CTEPH see improved risk profile with treprostinil

Treatment with treprostinil improved the risk profile in people with inoperable or persistent severe chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH). The risk profile was assessed using a risk score established to predict a response to treatment and survival in people with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), the most common type…

Echocardiography useful in detecting PH, predicting its course

Echocardiography, a noninvasive imaging method to examine heart structure and function, can be useful in making a preliminary diagnosis of pulmonary hypertension and in determining its likely course, according to a review study. “In future, it is important to use multiple echocardiographic parameters for detection and predicting the prognosis…

Cognitive deficits seen in PAH may be due to blood vessel remodeling

About one-quarter of the pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) patients in a small study showed cognitive deficits, typically mild impairments in executive function and memory. Problems in abilities like executive function — a set of skills that include thinking, self control, and readily accessible memory that’s part of everyday life…

Algorithm acquires pump for PulmoProst, potential PAH therapy

Algorithm Sciences, which is developing PulmoProst to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), has acquired all assets of Flownix Medical, including the Prometra II pump that would deliver the potential therapy. PulmoProst is an infusion formulation of iloprost, a synthetic version of naturally occurring prostacyclin, a substance that…

Team PHenomenal Hope to host first symposium on PH research

Team PHenomenal Hope will host its inaugural symposium — PHenomenal Hope 2023: Knowledge, Research & Advocacy in PH — on Dec. 15 in Boston, allowing renowned experts, young researchers, and healthcare providers to share efforts on pulmonary hypertension (PH) clinical research and care. “Team PHenomenal Hope has grown…

Benefits seen with levosimendan in preterm infants with PH: Study

Treatment with levosimendan — a medication seen to improve cardiac function — was associated with rapid clinical benefits in preterm infants with heart problems and pulmonary hypertension (PH), a study in Germany reports. The response to treatment was independent of the babies’ birth weight and how far along…


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