After more than 9 years at PLOS.org, Obesity Panacea is moving. We would like to take this time to thank PLOS for hosting us during these years, and for being supportive of science blogging and science communication in general. Obesity Panacea will be moving back to our original home at ObesityPanacea.com. All of our PLOS posts have already been moved there, where you can read our full archive.
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Obesity Panacea has been around for almost 10 years, and it’s been 10 years full of personal and professional change for both Peter and I. When we started this blog I had yet to finish my MSc, and wasn’t really sure if I ever would. The blog provided an outlet for me to discuss science in a more relaxed way, and it really helped to maintain/improve my interest in science throughout grad school. Blogging is also a great way to work on your writing, which is important as an academic – our job is as much about writing as it is about research. Forcing yourself to write about research on a regular basis is probably one of the most useful things that any grad student or researcher could do with their time. Sure it takes a bit of time away from doing research, but it builds a tremendously useful skill set that often gets overlooked. If you start a blog, just be sure to pick a title that people can both pronounce and understand (if I had a nickel for every time someone called the blog Obesity ‘Panache’ I would have many nickels).
Blogging has also introduced me to a lot of really interesting people, and been a fantastic way to network with other researchers. I don’t think that I would have the job that I have today if Peter and I hadn’t started this blog back in grad school. Thanks to everyone who has read or commented over the years – I look forward to seeing you over at our new digs. And as always, thanks to Peter for being a great friend and blogging partner. I’m very happy that we will be able to continue to work together at ObesityPanacea.com.
I still remember the day we first set up our blog while both working at Queen’s university in 2008. While we had plenty of work to do on our respective projects, I recall being utterly consumed by the prospect to share what we were learning with a wider audience. You see, until that point, all the work we did was only shared with other academics with a similar interest. I’ve always found this to be a point of personal frustration with academic research.
The very first post on this site took me the better part of a day to write. Given that I already fancied myself an apt writer, this was quite the commitment. Also given how awkward that post was, clearly I had much to learn. And yet, for the first couple of years we managed to write upwards of 5 posts a week, and sometimes adding a weekend collection of favourite links.
These days, as Travis and I have both become busier in our personal and professional lives, the posting frequency has dropped off. While Travis has remained an active researcher in the field, I am on my 2nd post-academic career. Currently I work in biotech, leading a small team of PhDs and MDs, helping to bring innovative medicines to patients – specifically in the area of gastroenterology and hepatology.
Much as Travis described above, this blog has certainly played a role in my career path. If we hadn’t started writing about science, working on our communication of others’ research, I don’t think I would be in my current role.
While I have not been an active obesity researcher since 2010, I always appreciated having a platform for sharing information I came across that I believed could benefit our readers.
Despite not living in the same city for close to 10 years, the blog has also given Travis and me an additional reason to stay connected. For this I am most grateful.
In that vein, I look forward to continuing this journey with my great friend, back on the original url that started it all: www.obesitypanacea.com.
I hope you’ll come along for the ride.