Hi, I'm Danielle.
Hear It From Me
For years, I've loved to talk. Arguably all of my years. Communication gives me a sense of fulfillment. From a young age I would write speeches about things like peanut butter, yes peanut butter, becoming more environmentally conscious, and how to write speeches. I loved both the writing, and presentation of my work. Turns out I also love an audience.
Now that I am a third year DPhil student at the University of Oxford, I've been developing my communication skills to translate science to non-experts. My passion for science was ignited in high school, when a teacher stood upside down on his head whilst eating a cookie to show us that peristalsis, the involuntary wavelike motion of muscles in the throat that allows us to swallow food, is not dependent on gravity. He took a complex scientific concept, and helped us understand it by communicating in an entertaining way. That's what my science communication aims to do.
This blog will be a hub for all of my science communication work. I hope it will be a space for fruitful conversations, exploration of curiosities, and good fun!
Endometriosis is a chronic inflammatory condition that affects as many as 10% of people born with a uterus of reproductive age. Many with the condition, are affected by pain. Predominantly, pain symptoms arise in the pelvic regions and may occur throughout your period, during sex or urination, to name a few.
Currently the way endometriosis is understood is from a disease state rather than pain symptom presentation. The current staging system, or the way that endometriosis is characterised clinically, and the pain symptoms people with endometriosis experience do not well correlate. So, there is a clinical need to characterise people with endometriosis on the basis of their pain, so as to ensure more personalised treatment based on symptoms.
This is where my work comes in!