I have one year left of my PhD!

⏱ One year left, the countdown is on ⏱ Just writing that makes me feel a little bit sick 😅 It’s honestly flown by, I can’t quite actually believe how fast it’s gone. I’ve grown so much as person since I started, I hardly recognise first year Beth. Throw in a global pandemic, two sideContinue reading “I have one year left of my PhD!”

PhD update: 4 months of 3rd year!

Well, long time no speak! This year has kinda run away with itself already so I’ve got so much to update you on. First up, I submitted an abstract for two conferences which were both accepted (I couldn’t believe it). One was for a 3-minute impact statement style presentation, while the other was in theContinue reading “PhD update: 4 months of 3rd year!”

Beth talks blood: part 7

Blood & the immune system:The immune system is essential for our survival, without it our bodies would be open to attack from bacteria, viruses, parasites and more. It is made of up of organs, cells and chemicals that fight infection. It can distinguish our tissue from foreign tissue i.e. self from non-self. Dead and faultyContinue reading “Beth talks blood: part 7”

Beth talks blood: part 6

Let’s talk about fat… Fats that circulate in the blood are called lipids (fat-soluble components of living cells). Cholesterol and triglycerides are both lipids that have essential roles in the body but in excess they can be harmful [1-3].  What is cholesterol? Cholesterol is required to build cell walls and to produce hormones and vitaminContinue reading “Beth talks blood: part 6”

Beth talks blood: Part 5

We all know that I’m a platelet girl at heart but we mustn’t forget the blood coagulation cascade, it is a vital part of haemostasis. Platelets and coagulation factors work together to prevent bleeding in incidences such as vascular injury. So one can’t be without the other and like most systems in the body, itContinue reading “Beth talks blood: Part 5”