Margarida Maia, PhD, science writer —

Margarida is a biochemist (University of Porto, Portugal) with a PhD in biomedical sciences (VIB and KULeuven, Belgium). Her main interest is science communication. She is also passionate about design and the dialogue between art and science.

Articles by Margarida Maia

Silica Dust Exposure Linked to Worse SSc Symptoms

Exposure to silica, a mineral used to make building materials, at work is associated with younger age at diagnosis, more severe disease, and reduced survival in people with systemic sclerosis (SSc), according to a study of more than 1,000 patients in Canada and Mexico. Also, those reporting on-the-job silica…

Grant Supports Search for Skin Fibrosis Treatments

A grant of more than $400,000 has been awarded to a researcher who is searching for new ways to treat scleroderma, how the disease begins and progresses in the skin, and how it responds to treatments. The awardee is Karin Wuertz-Kozak, PhD, a professor in the biomedical engineering department…

Everolimus in Fat Droplets Eased Scleroderma Symptoms in Aged Mice

The immunosuppressant everolimus, carried aboard droplets of fat (liposomes) to lung cells may ease scarring and inflammation linked to systemic scleroderma (SSc), a study with aged mice found. The findings provide “preclinical evidence of everolimus as an efficient drug to reduce lung fibrosis [scarring] and inflammation,” its researchers wrote.