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Checking in on what we’ve been writing about…

Our readers continue to favour articles on mental health in academic life.


It turns out that we dropped the ball a little on our quarterly summaries and haven’t actually summarized the articles on the blog for eight months… Since many readers have indicated that these are nice ways to catch up on what we are writing about, I’ll do my best to keep on top of them in future. For now though, please enjoy the half year summary!

Over this period, we’ve returned to a topic near and dear to readers – mental health in academic life (and the lack of support for it). This was mainly catalyzed by a series of excellent posts by Dr. Sabrina Zeddies, a guest blogger for the Black Hole. Please read her articles below if you missed them the first time around – it’s a real call to action for those of us trying to help fix the system. Jonathan has also compiled an incredible series of blogs on translating knowledge from your lab into industry (something near and dear to his heart with his academic spinoff company, Platelet Biogenesis)

The top five posts from this period are:

  1. Crash and burn (out): 5 stages of postdoctoral collapse
  2. Who is to blame for postdoctoral collapse?
  3. Some tough love is needed for MD/PhD scientists
  4. Make your PhD outcomes transparent and be proud of where your graduates end up
  5. Academia needs to recognize mental health issues early

The rest of the posts from this period are listed below by author:

Guest posts from Sabrina Zeddies



Dave continued to write for Signals blog and published the following articles:

Thanks as always to our loyal readers for keeping up their enthusiasm for what we write, their contributions via guest posts and for the constant stream of great information from across the globe. We hope the rest of 2017 treats you well.


David Kent
Dr. David Kent is a principal investigator at the York Biomedical Research Institute at the University of York, York, UK. He trained at Western University and the University of British Columbia before spending 10 years at the University of Cambridge, UK where he ran his research group until 2019. His laboratory's research focuses on the fundamental biology of blood stem cells and how changes in their regulation lead to cancers. David has a long history of public engagement and outreach including the creation of The Black Hole in 2009.
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