Category Archives: Travelogue

From Mexico, with Love

Witnessing human compassion, connection and resilience, fostered in a harsh landscape of brutal inequality, and noting the contribution and impact of research. Mexico City is a world of parallel realities – perceived in the extreme by travelling on one of … Continue reading

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Notes from Glaveston (Final Post): Jac Saorsa, Visiting Scholar at the University of Texas

Week 9. This will be my final post in this series as my time in Galveston is coming to an end. My work in the anatomy department over the last couple of weeks reminded me however how much my visual … Continue reading

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Notes from Galveston (Week 8): Jac Saorsa, Visiting Scholar at the University of Texas

Week 8! Week 7 disappeared in a visit from a friend, complete with car, and an amazing (for an artist with a passion for the human form) voyage into the world of the University of Texas Medical Branch Anatomy Department! … Continue reading

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Notes from Galveston (week 6), Jac Saorsa, Visiting Scholar at the University of Texas

Scratch everything I said last week about 70,000 biking incomers to the island this week… word is that there were over 400,000 extra people here over this last weekend! It would not surprise me at all if this were indeed … Continue reading

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Notes from Galveston (week 5), Jac Saorsa, Visiting Scholar at the University of Texas

Galveston is gearing up for this year’s Lone Star Rally which is a four day ‘bikers’ festival beginning on Thursday this week. Over 70,000 people are expected to roll into this small island and party all weekend. I love on … Continue reading

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Notes from Galveston (week 4): Jac Saorsa, Visiting Scholar, University of Texas

Just up from Murdoch’s on the Seawall is a structure that may at first seem strange to the uninitiated eye. It is the only piece that remains of the famous Balinese Room Pier. Four timber struts and a slatted roof … Continue reading

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The air is cooler now in Galveston, there are clouds in the sky and the seabirds are not so bothered by swimmers and surfers in their territory. We even had rain the other day, hard, even torrential, somebody said we caught the … Continue reading

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Notes from Galveston (Week 2): Jac Saorsa, Visiting scholar at the University of Texas

Each day I walk either along the shore, or past beautiful Victorian architecture in the nationally acclaimed ‘historic district’, to the office I have been assigned at the Institute of Medical Humanities. (To be fair, I actually have two offices… … Continue reading

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Notes from Galveston: Jac Saorsa, Visiting Scholar at the University of Texas

Well, I couldn’t help humming that song by Glen Campbell as I took an early morning stroll along the beach on this, my first day in Galveston! As a Visiting Scholar at the UTMB Institute for the Medical Humanities  I … Continue reading

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London calling: Confronting hepatocellular carcinoma through collaborative research

Primary liver cancer, of which hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) constitutes 80-85%, is the third largest cause of cancer mortality in the world with an aggressive and unequal distribution that falls heavily on sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. The HCC prevalence rates in … Continue reading

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