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Why the mental health of graduate students needs addressing

This week, a tweet about the mental illness epidemic in early career researchers gained momentum. Airtime is good, but not without action. The tweet in question highlighted a Nature Biotechnology: Careers and Recruitment article from March 2018 that delivers some alarming results. Notably: In comparison to the general population, graduate students are six times more… Continue reading Why the mental health of graduate students needs addressing

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Royal Society Book Prize Shortlist Announced

It will come as no surprise that I love books, so I was excited to see on Twitter that the Royal Society has announced their Insight Investment Science Book Prize shortlist. To save you searching, here they are! The Prize awards popular science authors who make their subject compelling and accessible to the general public.… Continue reading Royal Society Book Prize Shortlist Announced

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Science Book Club: An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth

For this instalment of the Science Book Club, we moved away from biology to the inky depths of space with Chris Hadfield’s An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth. I wasn’t really sure what to expect from the title of this book. My hope was for a book all about cool space things and I… Continue reading Science Book Club: An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth

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Patent pick: A vaccine for Chagas disease

Peptides for inducing chagas disease responses WO2016209598A1 This patent application relates to the formulation of a vaccine for Chagas disease, a tropical parasitic infection caused by Trypanosoma cruzi. The molecules stated are immunostimulatory peptides, including single or fused peptides with specific mention to trans- and non trans-sialidase peptides. The peptide is administered via injection in… Continue reading Patent pick: A vaccine for Chagas disease

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The ECM Forum: 18 months on

Last week, members of the Microbiology Society ECM Forum Executive Committee attended a pre-Council meeting to discuss the progress made in the past 18 months. It was a productive discussion about what's worked well and what we can improve going forward. Three key points raised were opportunity, having a voice and communication. Opportunity This was… Continue reading The ECM Forum: 18 months on

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Patent Pick: Controlling mosquito-spread disease

This is the first in the new series Patent Pick, where I will pull out some patents from the life sciences and give a brief rundown on what makes them interesting.  Novel paratransgenic system for the biocontrol of disease-transmitting mosquitos WO2018053451A1 This patent application refers to the delivery of inhibitory RNA molecules to mosquito-dwelling organisms that… Continue reading Patent Pick: Controlling mosquito-spread disease

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Tips for being your best (eco) self

I have just returned from a trip to visit my little brother in Australia and was really struck by how clean it is there. I thought I’d share some of the tips I picked up for being a little more environmentally friendly. Bubbles, not balloons Balloons should be vilified in the same breath as plastic… Continue reading Tips for being your best (eco) self

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Giving a JAM talk

On Friday, I headed back to Birmingham but this time to give a JAM talk! JAM (Junior Award for Microbiology) talks are run by a group of early career researchers at the University of Birmingham, supported by the IMI Birmingham and the Microbiology Society. I submitted an abstract at the end of last year and… Continue reading Giving a JAM talk

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Tips for attending your first conference

Inspired by an idea raised at a committee meeting last week, I've pulled together a list (love a list) of things I have learnt since attending my first conference at the start of my PhD. If they have one, go to the organised networking sessions These tend to be more structured than what you'll encounter… Continue reading Tips for attending your first conference