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David Orchard-Webb, PhD

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David is a consultant/medical writer for a number of ongoing healthcare initiatives including for Athla LLC/ HealthLabs, a discovery automation company for Big Data leveraging Big Compute. He has a number of years experience in academic R&D and healthcare related projects including the fields of oncology and immunotherapy.

Water On The Brain: A Biobank Of Failed Shunt Devices

Hydrocephalus, otherwise known as water on the brain, is a condition where cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) accumulates within the brain. Hydrocephalus that occurs...

Recapitulating Pharmacology With Genetics

The medical term for heart rate over 100 beats per minute is tachycardia. The small molecule ivabradine reduces heart rate via specific...

Cell Biobanks Are Critical For Organoids, Organ-On-Chips, And Additive Manufacturing

While the original 2D cell culture methods remain indispensable for routine laboratory operations and biochemical analyses it has become increasingly clear that...

Biomarker Changes In Skin Keratinocytes Responsive To Blood Glucose

Biomarkers in the skin can reflect disease status in conditions as diverse as diabetes,  rheumatism, lung disease, and neurodegenerative diseases. In the...

Is The ACE Job–Exposure Matrix More Broadly Applicable In The UK Biobank?

A job-exposure matrix (JEM) is an approximation of potential health hazard exposures used in occupational epidemiological studies. The matrix of exposure levels...

A Prototype Sample Locator For The German Biobank Alliance

As of 2020, the German Biobank Alliance (GBA) consists of 20 biobanks distributed across the country. The GBA is coordinated by the...

Design And Testing Of A Dendritic Cell Therapy Vaccine Against HIV-1

Infection with the human immunodeficiency virus 1 (HIV-1) is now a manageable condition, rather than a death sentence, as it once was....

WTAP Gene Polymorphisms Modify Risk Of Hepatoblastoma

Hepatoblastoma is a form of cancer that accounts for 80% of childhood liver cancers, but only 1% of childhood cancers in total....

Leptin Associated With Cognitive Impairment In Older Adults Scheduled For Surgery

Adipokines are cytokines secreted by adipose (fat) tissue. Their existence was first noted in 1994, with the discovery of leptin. This cytokine...

Migraine Medication Overuse Prediction Using Machine Learning

The underlying mechanism of migraine headache is still poorly understood and is likely results due to a combination of genetics and “trigger”...

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