I’m crowdfunding. Why?

This post is adapted from my crowdfunding campaign website.  My lab is giving crowdfunding a go. I have a talented postgraduate student about to start a self-funded MPhil/PhD with me and we are hoping to crowdfund some consumable costs. Why? Here are three reasons: Funding is scarce. Acquiring research funds is […]

Incredibly useful PubMed search tools you wish you knew earlier 

“I need to do some reading on this.” This past week I have spent a lot of time on PubMed.  So today I’m following up from a previous post on teaching students and early career researchers more efficient strategies to search and retrieve medical/life science literature. This post will focus on a couple of […]

Access denied!

“It is bad academic practice to limit your search to only literature that is open access.” A key area of frustration for undergraduate life science students in smaller and/or less research intense universities is the difficulties associated with accessing full text restricted access journal articles on the web.  It is challenging enough to perform a […]

World Duchenne Awareness Day 2015

Today is the second World Duchenne Awareness Day, the 7th of September 2015.  The 7th of the 9th.  79.  This is a significant number… These 79 boxes represent the 79 exons of the DMD gene.  This gene encodes for a protein called dystrophin; do you notice that some exons are joined together […]

Celebrating 268 years of clinical trials

On the 20th May we celebrated international clinical trials day as well as research awareness week at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) so it seems particularly fitting this week to blog about research. International clinical trials day commemorates the start of the first clinical trial by the British naval physician James Lind in 1747.  Lind […]

In the midst

Sparked by the shock resignation of Sarepta CEO Chris Garabedian; this week I am reviewing the relationship between academia and industry and sharing my perspective as a postdoc working in the midst. My research is focused on a ‘rare’ childhood muscle disorder called Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD).  Rare disease expertise typically resides in the clinic, academia and […]