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 […]

British Science Week 2016

“It’s the science lady!” This week I spent two days at a local primary school as part of British Science Week 2016.  For the first day I ran a mobile DNA workshop visiting all the KS2 classes (ages 7-11).  We extracted DNA from strawberries.  Their existing knowledge and ideas surrounding DNA […]

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 […]

A little bit of neuroscience

This week I attended the 6th annual UCL Neuroscience Symposium.  In true Weekademia fashion, here are my highlights told through some cracking quotes… “Although you are a Nazi and a fascist, I would appreciate any advice on ways to reduce risks in my family.” Dr Elvira Bramon gave an insightful talk on the genetics and biological […]

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 […]