Joana holds a BSc in Biology and a MSc in Evolutionary and Developmental Biology from Universidade de Lisboa. She is currently finishing her PhD in Biomedicine and Clinical Research at Universidade de Lisboa. Her work has been focused on the impact of non-canonical Wnt signaling in the collective behavior of endothelial cells — cells that made up the lining of blood vessels — found in the umbilical cord of newborns.
Unlike height, body mass index (BMI) and other obesity-related traits are strongly influenced by interactions between an individual’s genetic background and environmental factors. A study with that finding, “Genotype-by-environment ... Read more
Scientists discovered gene variants that increase the risk of excessive weight gain in women during pregnancy, which is directly associated with excessive weight in newborns. The findings of the ... Read more
By looking at the genetic backgrounds of nearly 30,000 individuals from different ethnic groups, scientists have identified a new genetic variant associated with childhood obesity and confirmed 18 others. ... Read more
Two ongoing Phase 3 clinical trials assessing the effects of setmelanotide as an obesity treatment for patients with proopiomelanocortin (POMC) and leptin receptor (LEPR) deficiency have met their primary ... Read more
A lifestyle of high physical activity and low sedentary habits may counterbalance the genetic predisposition some individuals have for developing obesity, a study says. The findings of the study, ... Read more
Scientists have created a new tool that allows them to look in an unbiased manner for genes that may be involved in several traits, such as a person’s height ... Read more
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