Vanda Pinto, PhD, science writer —

​​Vanda is a biochemist with a PhD in biomedicine from the University of Porto, Portugal. She conducted her postdoctoral research first at the Bristol Medical School, U.K., studying the insulin-PI3K/Akt signaling pathway in diabetic nephropathy, then at the Institute of Molecular Pathology and Immunology of the University of Porto, where her focus was on glycosylation in lupus nephritis and inflammatory bowel disease. She next made the switch to science publishing, handling papers in biochemistry, molecular biology, and immunology.

Articles by Vanda Pinto

Child with Hypoparathyroidism Has Kidney, Parathyroid Transplant

The dual transplant of a kidney and a parathyroid gland was safe and effective at restoring parathyroid hormone (PTH) levels and turning back kidney disease, in an 11-year-old girl with congenital hypoparathyroidism and renal failure, a case study reports. “Simultaneous living donation and transplantation of a kidney and a…

Vitamin D Levels May Predict PTH Drop After Thyroid Cancer Surgery

Vitamin D levels can accurately predict reductions in parathyroid hormone (PTH) following thyroidectomy in patients with papillary thyroid cancer (PTC), a study reports. Its researchers recommend vitamin D supplements before surgery to minimize the drop in PTH levels in patients with PTC who have vitamin D deficiency. The study, “…