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Meet our Research Communications Manager - Liz Burtally

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17 Oct 2000

Let me begin saying I am absolutely thrilled to be the new Bloodwise Research Communications Manager, and I am very much looking forward to meeting and working with you.

A bit about me

I am a passionate science communicator, and have spent the last seven years at The Institute of Cancer Research developing and delivering lots of engaging ways to showcase their research. I'm looking forward to bringing this experience to Bloodwise, so I can help people understand blood cancer and the impact of our work, and to support our fundraisers in generating the income we need to continue supporting high-quality research.

Why hearing about your research is important

One of my main goals will be to raise awareness of our Bloodwise funded research to key audiences and general public, and I hope to work with you closely in order to deliver this.

Talking publicly about your fantastic research in an engaging and understandable way is extremely important to Bloodwise. We want people living with blood cancer and the public to understand more about blood cancer, and how our research is helping to improve the lives of people living with these diseases. And really importantly, by raising awareness of your work and helping people understand where the funding comes from, we also increase the likelihood that people will find Bloodwise and donate to support more of your work.

How you can help

Publishing papers

Like most research funders, we ask you to let us know when you are going to publish new research findings as a condition of your award. Receiving a copy of your paper after it is published is good, but we really want to hear from you much sooner as this allows us time to plan our research communications, particularly if we are going to do a press release or media work.

Sadly not every publication will be newsworthy, but our supporters, patients and the public have shown a keen interest in keeping up to date with your research. We also find that research news is very important to our social media followers, and with preparation we can achieve greater coverage for your work through those channels too.

And it’s not just publications that we want to hear about. We also encourage you to let us know about any prizes, upcoming conference talks, or if there are any Bloodwise events and challenges you or your lab are taking part in.

So if you have any exciting news to tell us, or are planning to submit a research paper, please contact our science press officer Henry Winter, and copy in myself

Updating your Trust funders        

Donors are really keen to hear about how you are getting along, and this in turn may also help you get a repeat donation.

For those of you who are supported by Trusts, we are going start sending out a short questionnaire for you to fill in every six months. Donors are aware that research is a slow business, so we don’t need amazing scientific news every six months, plus we would love to hear from the postdocs and staff working in the lab. But a brief narrative of how you are doing, and providing some images of your work or lab will really help us keep your supporter updated in an engaging and effective way.

Engaging your supporters

We are also looking for ways that will allow supporters to engage with your work, through meeting you and your lab through lab tours and local events. We have already heard that some of you are keen to help us with this, so we’ll be in touch.

Please do get in touch if you have any questions, and I look forward to working with you all.