2018: a year in review

I wanted to highlight a list of books, conferences and courses that I derived value from over the last 12 months. Books Bad Blood — John Carreyrou Bad Blood provides the reader with an in-depth analysis of the failed-start-up company Theranos. Built upon a complex...

Learning the basics of blockchain

What is the scope for blockchain technologies? “There is technology becoming available … I don’t claim to be an expert on it but the most obvious technology is blockchain” boasted Chancellor Philip Hammond at the Conservative Party Conference, when discussing the Irish border challenges of Brexit....

Twitter

My daily Twitter use is often spontaneous and sporadic. I tend to read more than I post. It occupies the brief voids one encounters during the day, ably distracts, and provides an unparalleled source of education. I tend to latch onto a single theme per day...

Drug discovery and genetics

A loss-of-function genetic variant that protects against chronic liver disease was reported in the The New England Journal of Medicine on 22nd March 2018. This finding adds to a series of previously established protective variants and appears to have stimulated efforts to advance treatment options...

Premortem clinical information is specific but not very sensitive for the postmortem diagnosis of heart valve disease

Clinical information has low sensitivity for postmortem diagnosis of heart valve disease @DrSeanCoffey @bj_cairns https://t.co/VCVaXrEhwK — Andrew Harper (@DrAndrewHarper) February 12, 2017 The OxVALVE study group, led by Dr Bernard Prendergast (Oxford Valvular Heart Disease Population Study) group was established in 2009 to determine whether the...