A story of oranges and dementia: Learning about living with it with ARUK

Hand orangeA month ago a video went viral, asking everyone to #ShareTheOrange. It was created by Alzheimer’s Research UK, UKs number one fundraising charity for dementia research. It manifested curiosity, begging the question “What does an orange have to do with dementia?” As the intricately crafted video states, dementia is most commonly caused by Alzheimer’s Disease which physically destroys brain cells. Put aptly, “the destruction of Alzheimer’s can leave a brain weighing 140g less than a healthy one- that’s about the weight of an orange. Continue reading

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Insert fancy title: What I learnt from rejected manuscripts

cover-blog-e1519171490188.pngIt’s disheartening, going through the toils of writing your research into a paper and having fellow authors,  supervisors and journals demand major revisions. It can takes months to account for those corrections, and still end in rejection. It stirs up serious impostor syndrome. We’re told overcoming this leads to being a better writer, something every academic strives for when published papers are the knife to our bread and butter. Therefore, my latest failure felt like a requisite opportunity to list what I’ve learnt: Continue reading

A love affair with science writing: The Max Perutz Award

20171019_234000.jpgNobel Prize winning molecular biologist Dr. Max Perutz believed science makes “the impossible, possible”. He lived by this policy when he began his research on haemoglobin, which required a computer. At the time, the computer didn’t exist. Prof. Robin Perutz, his son, narrated this to us in a room at the Royal Institution in London, lined from ceiling to floor with grand hardbound academic journals, decades in the making. It was the 20th Max Perutz Science Writing Award ceremony and I was a shortlister. Continue reading

Early career researcher know hows: Alzheimer’s Research UK ECR conference

20170728_182700.jpgWith high profile national conferences, an affair more intimate and niche is appreciated. Alzheimer’s Research UK, a powerhouse for ongoing dementia charity and research, delivered this with their North West Network Early Career Researcher conference, a casual event of 70 attendees. It was held in the psychology building of my campus where I displayed a poster but I’d have gone irrespective, for the educational nuggets targeting ECRs. Continue reading