Updated September 2021

November / December 2021

Further online workshops are planned for the autumn term at King’s, if the demand is there. This will include a theoretical session, covering good graphic design practice for scientific visual communication, as well practical workshops providing hands-on experience of creating scientific figures using Adobe Illustrator software.

July 2021

A submission has been made for possible publication in the journal Clinical and Translational Imaging as a Spotlight. The submission, made by Dr Giovanna Nordio, is entitled Can visual illustrations transform the patient information sheet for PET/MR neuroimaging studies into engaging and interesting reading?

May / June 2021

Five sessions of an online workshop covering the practical aspects of creating conceptual scientific figures are being held in May / June for members of the Health Faculties at King’s. The dates have been added to the Workshops (2020/21) webpage, although all of the workshops are currently fully booked.

Thursday 25th March 2021

Gill met online with Giovanna and with Dr Yannis Paloyelis. Yannis had previously collaborated with Gill during her PhD research in 2018 and had seen the work on the example PIS. He is interested in using illustrated documents to aid patient consultation, as well as in official patient information sheets, for an upcoming neuroimaging study. More details can be found in this blog post.

Tuesday 2nd March 2021

Gill and Giovanna met online to discuss the next steps in the PIS project and what was required to finalise the example PIS. The outcome of that meeting is documented in this blog post.

Thursday 28th January 2021

Gill met online with Giovanna and Mattia to discuss the next steps in the PIS project. The outcome of the meeting is documented in this blog post.

Tuesday 26th January 2021

Gill and Mattia held an online meeting with Ana Marques of the Curriculum and Digital Innovation (CDI) Centre at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s College London. Ana and her colleagues have been instrumental in creating the online content for the graphic design workshops held during 2020. The purpose of the meeting was to record a conversation between Gill and Mattia as they discussed their collaboration, how it started and how it led to the workshops and the online course. A video of the conversation has been added to the KEATS webpage containing the training material from the workshops and, for those outside of King’s, can also be accessed on this external King’s webpage.

Friday 8th January 2021

Both the FAST-R team and scientists working in the Centre for Neuroimaging Sciences have provided feedback on the example PIS modules submitted in December (see this blog post for more about these modules). Giovanna and Gill met online on Wednesday 13th January 2021 to discuss the feedback and the meeting outcome is documented in this blog post.

Friday 18th December 2020

In March 2019, Gill worked with Dr Anoushka Leslie of the CNS to produce four information sheets on the subject of brain ageing and white matter, designed for use by both patients and the general public. These sheets were reviewed by a patient group in a workshop held on Saturday 23rd March 2019 and the conclusions from that review have now been made available by Anoushka. The four information sheets are also available and a link to the website containing them will be added in due course. Most of the individual images created for use in the sheets are already available in the image gallery on this website. More details regarding this project, and images of the complete sheets, can be found on Gill’s own website.

Wednesday 9th December 2020

Example Patient Information Sheet (PIS) modules were completed and given to Giovanna for submission for review by the FAST-R (Feasibility and Acceptability Support Team for Researchers) at the Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre. All being well, they will provide feedback on the modules in January 2021. For more information on the example PIS modules that were submitted, see this blog post.

December 2020

Two online workshop sessions were held for research staff and students of the Health faculties at King’s, running on Tuesday 8th and Friday 11th December 2020. These Zoom workshops featured the Adobe Illustrator exercises and other material that was covered in the original Workshop 2 (Practical) sessions in February 2020. Both online sessions were fully booked, with 11 places made available on each. There is still a waiting list of approximately 40 people who would like to attend this workshop and it is hoped that further sessions can be scheduled for the New Year, if there is still demand for them.

However – the material from all of the original 2020 workshops, both theory and practical (presentations, pdf guides and video demonstrations of the Illustrator exercises), is now available to all KCL Health Faculty research staff and students via the KEATS online training website. More details regarding the online workshop material has been added to the Workshops (2020/21) webpage.

Tuesday 24th November 2020

Gill attended an online meeting with Giovanna and Mattia to discuss the text and images required for PIS Modules 4 and 5, prior to their submission to FAST-R. The outcome of this meeting is documented in this blog post.

Monday 16th November 2020

Gill attended an online meeting with Giovanna and Mattia to discuss the next steps for the Patient Information Sheet (PIS) project. The outcome of this meeting is documented in this blog post.

October 2020

Gill is intending to run an online workshop in early December, covering the same material presented in the Workshop 2 sessions she ran in February 2020. There will be two online sessions initially, delivered via Zoom, and aimed primarily at those people who were on the waiting list for the original workshops but did not get a chance to attend. The material presented in both of the original Workshops 1 and 2 should be available to view online via the King’s Moodle website by mid-November 2020. See the Workshops (2020/21) page for more details.

Wednesday 16th September 2020

Gill attended an online meeting with Giovanna and Mattia to discuss the start-up of the Patient Information Sheet (PIS) project. The outcome of this meeting is documented on the website blog.

July 2020

Dr Giovanna Nordio, a postdoctoral research fellow at the Centre for Neuroimaging Sciences, will be working in collaboration with Mattia and Gill to create an illustrated Patient Information Sheet (PIS). The project is being funded by a grant from the Wellcome EPSRC Centre for Medical Engineering (CME) Public Engagement Grant Scheme, the aim being to create a visual and modular information sheet, that can easily be adapted for different PET / MRI studies. Gill’s specific job will involve creating adaptable figures and images that go along with the sheet, as well as ensuring that the design of the PIS makes it as accessible as possible to all readers.

The collaborative work between Gill and the CNS has so far concentrated mainly on peer-to-peer scientific visual communication. This project provides an opportunity to expand the work into communication between scientists and non-scientists. Progress on the project will be documented on the website blog and more details can be found on this webpage.

May 2020

The Graphic Design for Scientific Figures workshops have now been completed, with 30 participants attending Workshop 1 on January 31st and a total of 35 participants attending the four sessions of Workshop 2 during February. Given the situation with the coronavirus pandemic, there are currently no plans to repeat the workshops, although we are aware that there were people on waiting lists for both workshops who did not get a chance to attend.

The presentations from Workshop 1 were recorded remotely during April and will be made available to the doctoral research students and research staff of the King’s College London Health Faculties. A demonstration of the two Adobe Illustrator exercises used in Workshop 2 was remotely recorded during May and will also be made available, as will all of the training materials that were provided to the workshop participants as handouts. More details will be released once all of the material is online.

More information about the workshop content can be found on the Workshops 2020/21 webpage.


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