first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Two Greek Australian professors have been named in the Thomson Reuters World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds of 2014. Melbourne University’s Professor Christos Pantelis, for his work in psychiatry, and Monash University’s Professor Arthur Christopoulos, for his work in pharmacology, were named among 3,200 researchers from around the globe.The list is determined by the number of times the scientists have been published and how frequently they’ve been cited by fellow researchers over the span of ten years. They have to have been in the top one per cent of their field for a decade before they can make it to the list. The list is so prestigious that universities collect these scientists, because being included in the list raises the rankings of their respective universities.It’s no wonder Professor Pantelis and Professor Christopoulos were recognised, with ground-breaking research being discovered under the two. Professor Christopoulos was noted for developing a new drug that has the potential to stop heart attacks in their tracks, without any harmful side-effects.The drug activates a special protein in the heart that acts as a protective barrier against the threat of heart attacks and could be used to treat other conditions such as diabetes, obesity and schizophrenia.He says while he’s honoured to be included in the list, the biggest achievement is showing that his research is making an impact in the scientific world. “It’s a huge honour and a validation that the work we’ve been doing over the last number of years is actually having an impact,” he tells Neos Kosmos.Continuing on his heart disease work, he’s finding that the drug is showing even more promising signs on heart disease treatment.“We have some more exciting data now that it seems to work on more elaborate models of heart disease,” he says. Professor Pantelis has been a leading mind on mental disorders in children, specifically on schizophrenia, and has just been given $182,383 for next year by the federal government to continue his work.His research group was the first in the world to map how the brain changes when it goes through psychosis. “We are showing that there are a number of key brain areas that are changing and we’re trying to figure out what could be causing this,” he tells Neos Kosmos.“We’ve looked at stress, and it seems to be important, we’ve also looked at the effect of cannabis and drugs like that because they can bring on schizophrenia.”He’s been able to track patients since 1997, and has seen the effects of newer medications in treating those with psychosis. Professor Pantelis is also starting to track children who struggle to disengage with their imaginary worlds.“Some young children kind of live in their fantasy worlds, and that’s not normally a problem unless it interferes when they’re at school or they’re preoccupied by internal ideas,” he says.He will be looking at children who have unusual ways of thinking and ways in which they perceive imaginary worlds to try and understand them better while looking to see if those children have any connection to autism.last_img read more

first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Your browser does not support the audio element. Comments   Share   “I know he loves to win,” he began, rather tellingly of Snyder’s seeming intent to hold the name.But Snyder, Alexander said, shouldn’t be defined by this dispute.“Personally, he did a lot for me,” he went on. “Two years ago, my mother-in-law passed away. He put me and my wife on a jet to go out to the funeral and brought us back and did everything (he could) as far as supporting us. “I got nothing but love and respect for a man like that.”To Alexander, the Redskins name is unfortunately offensive, but Snyder lacks malice. Treatment of the owner hasn’t been the fairest, the linebacker seems to think.“Like anything, until you know somebody, it’s hard to really judge somebody,” he said.The Cardinals play the Redskins on Oct. 12 at University of Phoenix Stadium. Now in his second season with the Arizona Cardinals, Alexander has watched from as a distance as the anti-Redskins name debate accelerate in heat.On Wednesday, the linebacker gave his own perspective of the controversy while a guest of Bickley and Marotta on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. “It’s a hard, sticky situation,” he said at one point in the interview.But, to Alexander, there’s more complexity than people realize, in that he doesn’t see anything overt about the usage of the name.“The intent is not for it to be disrespectful at all or for it to be demeaning,” he went on. “The guys that put the uniform on out there aren’t trying to badmouth Native Americans or anything of that sort, nor are the fans, but at the same time, once you’re educated about what the word means, out of respect, I think it does need to be changed.“Obviously, it’s up to Mr. Snyder whether he wants to do that. He did pay a lot of money for that name and what all that brings to it — the culture and the heritage of it.”Speaking of the Redskins owner, the much-maligned Daniel Snyder, Alexander seemed to come to the defense of his character. Lorenzo Alexander spent his first six seasons in the NFL with the Washington Redskins. Though going undrafted out of Cal in 2005, and spending a season and a half on practice squads, Alexander was given his first on-field break in 2007 and logged a start later that year. He jumped around from special teams to defensive tackle to offensive guard to tight end. Almost all of the maturation process — which included a Pro Bowl and an organizational player of the year award — happened there, with the Redskins in Washington. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires LISTEN: Lorenzo Alexander- Cardinals linebacker last_img read more