Effectively communicating research to a diverse audience is an important skill to acquire. One strategy I would utilize to convey my research to a broad and diverse audience would be to discuss my research in general terms and then transition to a detailed discussion of the specifics of my research. Building from the ground-up would help my audience understand my study since they would be receiving concise background information about Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) and then specific information relating to the research topic that I am investigating. Another way I would communicate my research is by discussing its relevance to my audience (individuals who have been diagnosed with AD). I might do this by examining the increasing prevalence of Alzheimer’s Disease in the United States and the importance of understanding AD progression and identifying high-risk individuals.
Upon examining my current professional goals, attending grad school, and pursuing a Ph.D. in Computational Neuroscience, I must effectively communicate my research to scientists within my field and the general public. In grad school, being able to communicate effectively will be crucial in receiving funding. I will need to communicate with the NIH and other funding sources to demonstrate why my research deserves funding support. In addition, competitive grants require strong reasons to provide sufficient funding to researchers, so explaining the significance and importance of my research concisely will be necessary. My further professional goals include working for a pharmaceutical or biomedical company which will require me to effectively communicate with not only coworkers within my team but also the general public health and science community to explain my research. Effective communication is a beneficial skill for any researcher, and I am grateful to be participating in the Brackenridge program to enhance my communication skills.