Nostalgia, comfort foods and cooking during COVID-19

Periods of high stress and social isolation, such as a pandemic or moving countries (or both), can have huge impacts on mental wellbeing and food behaviours. Whilst acute sudden stress tends to suppress appetite, longer-lasting chronic stress and elevated levels of cortisol can lead to cravings for hyper-palatable high-fat, sugar and calorie-dense foods. Surveys suggest we have been turning to comfort foods during this… Read More Nostalgia, comfort foods and cooking during COVID-19

Starting a postdoc in a new country in the midst of a pandemic

In my blog introduction I promised a recount of my experiences starting a new postdoc during the pandemic. For me at least it’s been a rollercoaster of emotions. Although a touch melodramatic, I felt that breaking it down into stages summarised the highs and lows fairly succinctly.  Stage 1: Giddy anticipation twinged with dread  As an avid traveller (pre-COVID), I was so excited about the prospect of moving to a new place and… Read More Starting a postdoc in a new country in the midst of a pandemic

A Great & Bright effort – Covid19 Vaccine

A Bright Christmas #27 Happy Holidays Everyone 🙂 Despite this intense and concerning year, we should take a moment to reflect that due to a huge effort of scientists we are finally getting people around the world vaccinated against the SarsCov2 virus that has taken to this date 1.76 Million lives worldwide! This terrific achievement,… Read More A Great & Bright effort – Covid19 Vaccine