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.

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 →

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.

Editing for impact #1 – Using sentence structure to increase emphasis

This post unpacks how sentence structure influences the emphasis on different parts of your message (and how you can use this information to get your point across most effectively). Throughout this post, we will discuss as a situation where you are writing one sentence to convey two points: 1) That a new vaccine is generally... Continue Reading →

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