I am gay and I am a patient and public involvement and engagement practitioner. //
After completing a biochemistry PhD in 2008, I left research to work in medical education and public relations in the pharma industry. In 2014 I returned to academia to get a better work-life balance. Since then, I have been working in public engagement and patient involvement to raise public awareness of research and to support patients and researchers in working together to prioritise, design, and manage ophthalmology research so it is more relevant, accessible, and acceptable for society. In June 2018 I submitted my first paper for peer review in a decade, on how to actively involve people who are deafblind in conversations about research. Fingers crossed!