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Vaccination (Part 2): Myths Debunked

Would you like to be able to set your friends mind at ease if they have concerns about vaccination? Perhaps you’d like to be better prepared for when you encounter an anti-vaxxer?

Well, then this article is for you.

One by one I’ll go through some of the most common arguments raised by anti-vaxxers, and provide some scientific evidence to refute them.

If there are any arguments you’ve heard, that I’ve not listed here, feel free to leave them in the comments section, and I’ll update this article as time goes by.

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Vaccination (Part 1): The Basics

Of the US population, it is estimated that :

  • 70% are pro-vaccination
  • 2% are anti-vaxxer
  • 28% are unsure

This post is not a battle cry against anti-vaxxers (that will come in part 2), but rather, a comprehensive review of the science behind vaccination. The aim is to help anyone who is unsure gain a better understanding of the facts and evidence supporting vaccination.

Hopefully what they find here, will improve their confidence and understanding of vaccination.

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My Research: Respiratory Syncytial Virus

“So what do you do?” 

“Have you heard of Respiratory Syncytial Virus?”

“No, never”

“What about Influenza”

“Oh yeah of course”

“Well its kind of like that…”

(The beginning of every conversation about my research)

So far, my posts have been focused on various aspects of PhD life. However I realised that I haven’t written anything about what my PhD is focused on. The big research question that I’ve devoted a few years of my life to. Well hopefully in this post, I’ll be able to explain what I’m working on and in particular, why my work is important.

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Royal Society Masterclass with Professor Venkatraman Ramakrishnan

An Invitation:

Recently, I was invited to attend a Masterclass held by the Royal Society in Dublin. There would be 9 other students attending, and the session would be in the form of an open discussion with the President of the Royal Society and Nobel laureate, Professor Venkatraman “Venki” Ramakrishnan.

So for this post I’ll share with you some of the insights I gained from talking to the very humble, very approachable professor.Continue Reading →

Public Speaking: How to Present your Project to Others

“According to most studies, people’s number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two. Does that sound right? This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you’re better off in the casket than doing the eulogy” – Jerry Seinfeld

Here’s a question for all those beginning their PhDs in the sciences. What’s the point in carrying out those great experiments and collecting all of that intriguing data if you can’t effectively communicate it to others in your field? Many people struggle with public speaking. There’s no magic trick to improve, it’s just like everything else, it takes regular practice.

Before my PhD, I did not enjoy public speaking, and would become increasingly anxious the week leading up to my presentations. Often losing sleep over it. However, after much practice, I now no longer suffer such anxiety, I thoroughly enjoy giving talks and seek out more public speaking opportunities.Continue Reading →

10 things I wish I knew when I started my PhD

A PhD in science can be a stressful experience. In particular, the first year. You’re thrown in at the deep end, no one’s holding your hand now kiddo. Well, fear not, as I’m about to share with you some tips and tricks that will help you in your journey. Here are 10 things I wish I knew when I started my PhD.Continue Reading →

A Leap into the Great Beyond

Okay, this is not really science-related, but was a big deal for me so decided to write it out anyway.

In the summer of 2013, I had just finished school. My next 3 years were already planned out; I had attained AAB at A-Level and so was heading to Queens in September to begin a degree in Biochemistry. However, what I had not planned that summer was that I would meet someone who would become one of the most important people in my life.Continue Reading →

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