You gotta be kidney me!: thanks and farewell Michael Hultström

Michael Hultström (@mhultstrom) Associate Professor of Physiology, at Uppsala University joined RealScientists in early April. Michael started the week tweeting from the Experimental Biology conference in San Diego.

Here’s Michael in poster presentation mode!

And managed a sneaky spot of sight-seeing on the side

We also learned a lot about how kidney health and blood pressure are related, and the difficulties of conducting research in this area.

Michael kindly agreed to answer our post-curation survey, and his answers are below.

In general terms, how did you find your week as a curator?

It was fun and interesting. Hard to do live tweeting from a conference, I think it became a bit too much hard science in the beginning, and tried to work in explanations toward the end of the week.

It can be a shock talking to so many. Did you find the sudden rush of interactions (good and bad) daunting?

I don’t think I realised how much you have to tweet to maintain some kind of presence. It was a bit daunting, especially second and third day when you realise that you have to try to keep it up for a full week.

What were the highlights? Were there any lowlights?

One guy who said he learnt something he never knew before, that was nice. Last day we got into a huge discussion on futile care, which I had kind of left because I didn’t know how to approach it. That was something I really hoped to discuss, although it wasn’t really finishing on a high note.

Is there anything you wanted to get out of / do on the RS account that you didn’t manage to fit in?

I had thought to discuss more about what I actually do as an early investigator and group leader, which has less to do with the sciency stuff and more to do with paper and grant writing, reviewing other’s science and supervising students.

Did you have a plan? If so, did you stick to it?

There was a plan, or rather, there was a list of stuff to talk about. Although I didn’t refer to it, I think I covered most of the stuff. The fact that you have a presentation on Realscientists.org makes it less necessary to spend a lot of time introducing yourself.

Do you have any tips or advice for future RS curators?

Make sure you have some extra time set off for tweeting.

What other people or accounts should people follow if they enjoyed your tweets this week?

There is honestly not that much physiology on twitter. The journals have a presence but mostly share articles. If you are in medicine and found the last day discussion interesting you should have a look at the #FOAMed hashtag.

Thanks once again Michael from all of us here at RealScientists HQ. If you missed anything from his week, the tweets are all collated at the following link.

 

 

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