This post is inspired by my recent visit to Hiroshima in Japan. Whilst there, I had the chance to visit the Peace Park and Peace Museum. Unfortunately, the latter was under refurbishment at the time, and therefore only half of it was open. The museum did, however, provide incredibly valuable and poignant insight into the … Read moreLife Span: The World’s Longest Cohort Studies
I recently (well, fairly recently) gave a presentation in my research group on this topic. Both microscopy and polymer synthesis are sciences close to my heart, so I thought it was worth attempting to explain the science to a wider audience. Please do have a look at the paper or Science Mag. article if you’re … Read more“Expanding” our biological universe
The UK is a worrying place to live at the moment, with soothsayers preaching about economic, social and environmental collapse at every street corner (or posting about it on Facebook, at least). This makes it a perfect time to post a few stories about factors leading to political persuasion! In science we trust. Research … Read moreFive shorter (political) stories: 2
This blog exists as a canvas on which I paint my various musings on science and medicine (and some other things). Years of training does more than just make you able to interpret scientific findings – it makes you acutely aware of how much else there is out there to learn! But sometimes I don’t have … Read moreFour shorter stories: 1
What is Citizen Science and why should I care? Citizen science is a brand new area of scientific research that has only received proper acknowledgement in the last few decades, and it is an area in which everyone can get involved. In particular, areas such as bird-watching (ornithology) or astronomy lend themselves to this … Read moreHow anyone can be a Scientist
As promised – here is the second post of two to begin my hopefully-more-regular posting of blog posts! As a change of pace from the “Problems in Pharmacology” series of posts, I thought it would be good to provide a solution. Pharmacogenomics is a merging of pharmacology and genetics, wherein genetic information from the patient … Read morePharmacogenomics & Personalised Medicine
After an extended hiatus, I decided to do two quick posts to sum up some the most contested general issues in current pharmacology. Firstly: data collection and ethics. In order to overcome some of the boundaries faced by the modern doctor, it is essential that they have access to data and private information regarding the … Read moreProblems in Pharmacology: Data Collection and Consent
Hello world! This is my first post, so a perfect opportunity to just let you know what to expect from this blog. The reason I decided to ask for a blog here? Why not? It’s a good place to keep my interests in scientific topics other than my Masters project, to record and summarise them. … Read moreHello world!