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The first time I was asked to make a scientific poster I laughed, thinking it was a joke.
Here I am, six years later, at my 7th conference presenting my findings on a poster. Posters may sound like something you just made in school, but they are actually an extremely efficient way to summarise all of your findings and get insight from experts in your field.
Poster presenting is actually quite daunting, with over 3000 scientists wondering through there is no way to predict the questions you may be asked.
I always keep a bevvie in hand, so if I need extra time to formulate a response I can take a long, slow sip of my drink -that is likely lukewarm by then, hahahah.
What do you do to calm your nerves at poster presentations?
-Become your goals-
*Loving ourselves in a field that’s all about giving to others*
For such a long time I struggled with ED’s. Too much, to too little, to too much. For 19 yrs I never found a ‘perfect diet’. It wasn’t until I started working towards my Chemistry degree that I asked myself ‘Who do I want to be?’ I knew I wanted to be the girl who overcame her stuff, got a degree in the STEM field and helped others overcome their stuff and share my science passion!
I want to point out that EVERYONE’s GOALS ARE DIFFERENT. For me goals is not a number, shape or label. Goals is being healthy, being able to do all the sports and activities I want and eat things that nourish my mind and body!
I feel like the STEM field completely forgets to point out we NEED to nurture our body. But they tell us to study, study and work work work for others. Who takes care of you?! Take 15 min a day and do something for YOUR BODY! 🤸🏻♀️ Maybe that’s stretching, or heavy lifting, boxing, idk! If you start small you will find yourself falling in love with your movements and soon you WILL be your goals!
Goals are a constant struggle btw- you don’t ‘just get there’ you work towards them daily! So give it a try. Personally I like feeling like this because I can be extra nerdy in my boxing class! 🥊 #scientistswhoselfie#scicomm#treatyoself
Developing schizophrenia is like being robbed .
Imagine that your “sanity” 🧠was something less metaphysical, like money💰 . Now, think of all the ways that a thief might steal your money. He might break into your home - through your window, the front door, or basement. He might pick your pocket on the bus. He might scam you through email pretending to be a Nigerian prince. He might hack your bank account. He might sell you something on EBay, and never send the package. You get the idea. Regardless of the method, the outcome is the same - you lose your money 💸 .
In the same vein, scientists have different ideas about how your mental health is compromised in schizophrenia💡✍🏻💭. They say, it’s due to 🔻dopamine dysfunction. ▪️Glutamate hypofuction. 🔸Loss of connectivity between brain areas. It’s due to 🔥neuroinflammation. ☠️Neurodegeneration. 👶🏼Neurodevelopment .
In our study, we demonstrate that - like the different ways of being robbed of your money - all these theories are connected and lead to the same loss. If you start out with just one perturbation to the system - glutamate receptor hypofunction - you end up with cascading effects🎳 to white matter (neuroinflammation), dopamine structures, alarming amounts of cell death (neurodegeneration), and that these deficits aren’t necessarily obvious at birth (neurodevelopment) .
Regardless of the robbery method, the outcome is the same .
Schizophrenia. The Thief. ♠️
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Here's 4 years of research on one gigantic piece of paper! 😅🙈
I stood by this baby for 2 hours today as scientists from all over the world came by to ask questions about what I've been up to.
The gist of it is that I've been trying to map out the path from stem cells to mature brain cells! Just like how you could take several different routes to get to the nearest McDonalds, your stem cells can create different brain cells via different intermediate cells. My thesis is all about figuring out what the different intermediate options are and how common they each are.
Also cool to note that nearly every pic or video I've ever posted of me working in the lab was in some way part of what you see behind me here. 😱 Each box of data you see on my poster took at least 6 months to collect (if not more), which I think illustrates why science takes so 👏🏽 damn 👏🏽 long! But what you might also notice is how specific all of the titles are, which just goes to show the level of detail we cover in those long periods of time 💪🏽
Since the research process does take so long, these types of poster presentations are crucial to helping scientists stay up to date with the findings from their peers before they get published. For this reason, this is one of my faavourite parts of going to conferences — peeping all the new science while it’s still fresh and juicy!!
I don't talk about my actual research too often, so let me know if you have any questions about the big picture of what I do! 💕 and I'll be giving a more broad update on exciting things from the conference in a day or two <3
☀️ Enjoying a break from the lab ☀️As a grad student, I normally come in on weekends to do work and plan experiments 🔬 But every now and then it’s important to take a break and relax just a little bit 🤗