Joana Carvalho, PhD, managing science editor —

Joana holds a bachelor’s in biology, a Master of Science in evolutionary and developmental biology, and a PhD in biomedical sciences from Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal. Her work has been focused on the impact of non-canonical Wnt signaling in the collective behavior of endothelial cells — those that make up the lining of blood vessels — found in the umbilical cord of newborns. In addition to several research fellowships, she was awarded two Erasmus scholarships to conduct part of her studies in France.

Articles by Joana Carvalho

Cerebellum Dysfunction May Contribute to Rett Motor Problems

Impairments in the cerebellum — a brain region responsible for controlling balance and movement coordination — contribute, in part, to motor impairments associated with Rett syndrome, a mouse study has found. These findings highlight the importance of understanding which brain areas contribute to the onset of specific symptoms associated…

Gilenya Fails to Ease Rett Symptoms in Phase 1/2 Trial

Despite being safe, one year of treatment with Gilenya (fingolimod) in young girls with Rett syndrome failed to ease such disease symptoms as lack of communication, motor impairments, and apraxia, or the inability to perform movements previously learned, a small Phase 1/2 trial showed. Moreover, the findings from the…