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Comics & Research: Graphic Medicine

One of the things that sparked off the idea to start offering a session on "Communicating your research as a comic strip" was the rising interest in medical-related comics and public engagement. This area has come to be known as graphic medicine.

Graphic medicine refers to comics and graphic novels that feature illness, and also how comics could be used in healthcare generally.

Examples include:


Billy, Me & You: A memoir of grief and recovery by Nicola Streeten

A reflection on losing a child from the point of view of a 'recovered' mother and how the world reacted to her grief.

'Highly Commended' in the Popular Medicine category of the BMJ Book Awards.









Science Tales: Lies, Hoaxes & Scams by Darryl Cunningham

A look at some of the myths and misunderstandings surrounding science.

Includes the strip The Facts in the Case of Dr. Andrew Wakefield, which examines the MMR vaccine scandal that has contibuted to the current outbreak of measles in the UK.

The Facts…

Thesis forum: Passing the APG Review

In March the thesis forum welcomed three speakers who shared their experience of passing the APG review. This was our first webinar (via Adobe Connect) and we welcomed over thirty off-campus students from Canada, Japan, Denmark, Luxembourg, America, and all over the UK.
Pete (Physics) Pete passed his APG in July 2012. He had to give a 20 minute presentation to the department and write a report for his thesis committee meeting.Pete had already been working on a paper in his first year and this formed the basis of his APG report. This is often the case for people doing a Science PhD and is an advantage when it comes to writing up. Pete was mainly concerned about the presentation to his department but knew it was a good chance to improve the essential skill of speaking in front of a large audience. It is definitely an advantage if you’ve presented at a conference ahead of the APG. After the first 20 seconds Pete felt he relaxed and he received good feedback from his thesis committee on h…

Attaching PDFs in RefWorks and EndNote

A useful feature of bibliographic software is the option to attach the full text of a reference (e.g. the PDF of an article) to the bibliographic details of the reference.

Attaching PDFs in RefWorks

Click on the edit icon (paper+pen) next to the reference you want to attach a file to:


Go to the Attachments Field and click Browse.


















Find the file you wish to attach and click Open. Save the reference.

The file will now be attached. When you are viewing the list of references there will be a paperclip icon, which you can click to open the file attachment.

Attaching PDFs in Endnote

Click on the reference you want to attach a file to, and click the PDF tab in the bottom half of the window.















Click the paperclip icon. Browse to the file you want to attach and click Open. Save the reference.














Once you have attached a PDF it will be visible in the PDF tab.