Early 2016 team photo

I’m off to give a seminar at Cardiff Uni tomorrow so asked the team to assemble for the obligatory acknowledgements photo. No instructions were given. This picture with its interesting stances and expressions is completely unscripted but could equally be used to promote the GAPs next line of scientist apparel! left to right; Lee Troughton,…

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Publish or perish?

I am approaching the three year anniversary of taking up my position as a lecturer at Liverpool and with each passing week the pressure to publish grows more and more. The current manuscript is taking shape nicely and all being well it will be out for review by the end of the month. The story…

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Coping with hair loss

Not mine. That’s a thing I have dealt with a long time ago and I fully embrace upsidedown head status. Nope, I’m talking about my wife’s. The past 4 months have been harder than most. My wife, Hilary, was diagnosed with breast cancer in September and I have been wanting to write something like this…

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It’s finally here. The Department of Eye and Vision Science and the rest of the Institute of Ageing and Chronic disease have begun moving into their new home, the brand new, custom designed, Apex II building. Our labs have been boxed up and shifted across the road. With the new building comes new working practices,…

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Doubling up on Valentinas

At the beginning of August Dr Valentina Barrera (@Barrera_LVP) joined my team to work on the BBSRC funded project into the LaNt proteins and their roles in basement membrane formation. Valentina comes to me with a postdoctoral background in vascular biology including malarial retinopathy research following on from her PhD studies into the immune response to malarial…

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Journal club – season 4 champion

SInce starting in EVS I have established a student journal club. Initially this was  purely as a way to critically evaluate one new publication per week as chosen by the students. The goal was, by being hypercrtical of other, published, work, the students’ own experimental design and figure presentation would improve. Since then, its evolved…

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Sports day

Yesterday was the first, annual (hopefully), Dept of Eye and Vision Science (EVS) Sports day held at the beautiful Sefton Park in Liverpool. We had 5 teams of 5 participants + family and friends for post work picnic and old school sports. Throughout the evening, the multinational basis of our students and staff was apparent…

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IACD Art of Science Competition

Over the last few months Hannah Levis, Brian McDonagh, Stephen Beard and myself have been running an “Art of Science” scientific images competition with the staff and students of the Institute of Ageing and Chronic Disease, University of Liverpool. It’s been fantastic, with uptake right across the breadth of institute – 49 pics coming from…

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