Several weeks ago, I was surprised to receive that invitation to become, for a period of 2 weeks, a Scientopia Guest Blogger ! Why? Well, because I never thought that our actual blog, Le Physiologiste, would interest someone! This invitation is maybe a proof that some people are following us... So, thank you very much for that invitation and I hope that you will enjoy what we’ll have to offer during these 2 weeks!
We, because several contributors are now sharing their thoughts at Le Physiologiste , will blog about our experiences as graduate students, researcher and junior faculty member. Indeed, although I think it is important to discuss science, I also consider that sharing our research experiences may be of interest and useful for some readers who can recognize themselves in the situations we are talking about. Still, I hope that we’ll have time to share some thoughts on recent literature related to physiology.
Let me introduce myself now ! I am Patrice Brassard, an assistant professor of Kinesiology at Université Laval, Quebec city, Canada. During my graduate studies, my major interest was related to cardiorespiratory physiology during exercise in clinical populations, i.e. patients with congenital heart diseases during my master’s degree and patients with type 2 diabetes during my PhD studies. Then, I had the opportunity to do a postdoc in Copenhagen to study cerebrovascular physiology in healthy subjects, patients with diabetes and patients with heart failure. I am presently interested in cardiac and cerebrovascular physiology in patients with type 2 diabetes at rest and during exercise. We are also studying the cardiovascular impacts of mental work.
I've been attracted to science blogs as a graduate student and I'm now a huge fan of Scientopia. I decided to start my own blog somewhere in 2009 and at that moment, I was the unique contributor. I began to blog using a pseudonym. Indeed, I initially started to blog under Le Physiologiste because I didn’t know what direction I wanted to give to my blog. Should I only blog about my life as a new assistant professor? Should I exclusively blog about research in physiology? Should I blog in French, in English, or in both languages? I decided it was time for me to blog under my real identity.
Then, I asked my graduate students to participate to the blog in order to increase the number of posts and also to diversify the content of our blog. I found that it would be a great opportunity for them to share their experiences and discuss science in a different context than lab meetings or journal clubs.
So here we are ! In our next post, it will be Émilie’s turn to introduce herself !
P.S. We apologize in advance for language mistakes. Although we like to share our thoughts in English, French is our native tongue 🙂
Bienvenue à tous !