Having done a Master’s Degree in Cancer Pharmacology, working in Project Management and in Research and Development in the diagnostics industry, I decided to return to academia, as that was an environment in which I flourished. To do this, I … Continue reading What is a PhD, anyway?
This morning, I read a very interesting post on the life of a scientist and the unfortunate climate that is rampant throughout society – even somewhere as seemingly objective as scientific research. The title of the post is a bit misleading, but highlights that being a good scientist in the eyes of society is not just about doing science well – there is a sometimes superficial image built that is similar to that found in the world of fashion that creates a competitive, rather than a productive and beneficial environment. Please follow this link below to read the blog post. … Continue reading Why I don’t think I will be a successful scientist
I love science and health. Of late I have been brushing up on my understanding of the human body. Having studied pharmacology at university, I really understood why we are counselled to avoid the use of drugs. Medical drugs, rightly called, are just as damaging, if not more, than illegal drugs. Chemotherapy is such an example, as we know its terrible effects, yet only has a 5-year cure rate of 2.1%, meaning only 2.1-2.3% of adults are alive after taking it (1). However, a commonly-used drug, paracetamol (tylenol USA, panadol Kenya), has an even worse therapeutic index than chemotherapy. Most chemotherapy … Continue reading Thoughts on medicine and physiology