My paper came out today!

One step closer to graduation! Just thought I'd share a lovely piece of news--my first major paper came out today in the prestigious academic journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. It documents the discovery and characterization of a new protein in the brain, FGF9, which is disrupted in depression. You can read a lay-audience summary of the article in this press release from the UM Health System:

http://www.uofmhealth.org/news/archive/201509/new-factor-depression-brain-protein-discovery-could-lead

Download the paper here:

PNAS Early Edition, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1510456112

UPDATE: We've been getting lots of press! Here are some highlights:

https://www.michigandaily.com/section/news/research-finds-brain-protein-implicated-depression

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/09/150908180451.htm

http://news.science360.gov/obj/story/ecb5530d-199a-4e28-8008-fab3a1e6788a/new-factor-depression-brain-protein-discovery-lead-better-treatments

I'm now a (reluctant) Twitter convert

I know that most everyone has been on the Twitter bandwagon for years now, but I can now officially claim convert status. I joined Twitter a few months ago to start expanding my online presence to communicate science, but my enthusiasm quickly died down...like so many of us, there were too many other spinning plates and I just didn't log on with any consistency.

Until this morning. I'm at the Annual Society for Neuroscience meeting, held this year in Washington DC. I went to a session this morning on "How to Effectively Communicate Your Science to the Public;" one of the speakers was Tiffany Lohwater, the Director of Meetings and Public Engagement at AAAS. She gave a great call to action about the importance of communicating science to broad audiences, including a few helpful tips about goals for communication and public perceptions of scientists. She included her Twitter handle at the top of her slides...so I decided to tweet at her (from the RELATE handle). She tweeted back! She even invited me to come up to the podium to talk to her afterwards about RELATE. Boom. Networking. So much easier and more effective than a cold introduction.

So, thank you Tiffany, for your helpful words this morning and for convincing me that maybe this Twitter thing is actually really awesome.