Editing for impact #4 – Get Rhythm – Paragraph length and flow.

Good writing is effective writing. In science writing, efficacy comes from your readers being able to absorb the information you are trying to deliver. If your work is so dense that it can’t be understood, or so boring that your reader switches off and stop reading at paragraph 2, then you are not being effective... Continue Reading →

A case for the passive voice -editing for impact #3

Passive voice: good or bad? It depends on context. This post examines when you should or shouldn't use it.

New paper out – Laminin polymerization and inherited disease: lessons from genetics

New mini-review about laminin mutations and their effect on basement membrane assembly and tissue function.

They grow up so fast – Introducing Dr JohnJohn!

Thursday was another landmark day for the lab; John "John" Knox defended his doctoral thesis at his viva voce. We can proudly say that there's a new Dr Knox in town! Dr Knox enjoying a well earned pint JohnJohn's PhD research was all centred around the progressive eye disease glaucoma. Glaucoma is highly prevalent disorder... Continue Reading →

Jobs! Short-term PDRA in small nucleotide-based therapies for ocular disease

We have at least one, likely two, postdoctoral researcher posts available to work on projects relating to use of short activating RNA as therapeutics for diseases affecting different structures within the eye. These posts are an exciting collaboration between ourselves in the Dept of Eye and Vision Science at the University of Liverpool, research active... Continue Reading →

50 mile charity bike ride complete

Today, myself, a team from St Paul's Eye Unit of the Dept of Eye and Vision Science + several thousand other cyclists rode from Liverpool to Chester then back again (~80 km/50 mile round trip). For many of us (myself included). This was not only first time doing this ride, but also the furthest I've... Continue Reading →

Charity bike ride

Possibly foolish. I'm riding in the Liverpool to Chester cycle and raising money for the St Paul's Research Foundation Trust at NHS Royal Liverpool Hospital. Sounds like a nice time, except I foolishly will be using my fixed-gear bike and, equally foolishly, my old, tired body complete with dodgy knees and larger than strictly necessary belly. Foolish. Support and sponsorship appreciated!

Two undergrad student papers published

Big shout out to undergraduate students Alice Ibbotson and Fang Ziyu for having their work published in Insider Imprint. @insiderimprint #proudlecturer

2 New papers out – Comprehensive reviews of conjunctival ECM and replacement strategies

"The conjunctival extracellular matrix, related disorders and development of substrates for conjunctival restoration" and "Biological tissues and components, and synthetic substrates for conjunctival cell transplantation" published in The Ocular Surface - links to download.

Does “significant” mean small? [Editing for impact #2]

Should significant only be used for small differences.

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