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Dan Baumgardt

Dan Baumgardt

Senior Lecturer, School of Physiology, Pharmacology and Neuroscience, University of Bristol
I am a medically-qualified clinical neuroscientist and anatomist, based at the Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Bristol.

I initially graduated from Bristol with a BSc in Neuroscience, before proceeding to the University of Warwick to study medicine at graduate entry. I returned to my home in the South West of England to undertake Foundation and General Practice specialist training within the Severn Deanery. I qualified in 2016 and have been working in primary care in the BNSSG region ever since. My main clinical interests and expertise are in neurology and ophthalmology, musculoskeletal medicine and paediatrics.

I joined the University of Bristol as an academic in 2016, becoming a Lecturer at the School of Anatomy in 2018. I was appointed Senior Lecturer at the School of Physiology, Pharmacology and Neuroscience in 2023. I teach across the medical, dental and vet programmes, as well as widening participation and BSc students studying health and life sciences, including Neuroscience, Anatomy and Physiology. I supervise final year science students for dissertation projects across a wide range of clinically associated topics.

My academic interests lie within the teaching of clinically-orientated biomedical disciplines, and their relevance to body function, and both medical and surgical practice across the three professional programmes. I also contribute to pedagogical research, and outreach/public engagement initiatives, promoting the value and importance of life sciences through presentations and writing.

Gym hygiene guide: the dangerous bacteria that lurk in dirty fitness equipment and clothes

Apr 18, 2024 06:25 am UTC| Insights & Views Life

A friend of mine, on a recent trip to the gym, declined to use the machine for drying his trunks that gym equivalent of a salad spinner which removes excess water from your swimming costume. His reason? The amount of...

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Mar 28, 2024 12:05 pm UTC| Health

Although it always makes me scoff slightly to see Easter eggs making their first appearance in supermarkets at the end of December, there are few people who arent delighted to receive a bit of chocolate every year. It...

What bodily secretions like blood, wax and tears can tell us about our health

Feb 20, 2024 11:08 am UTC| Health

Dry scalp? Blocked ears? Crusted eyes? Our bodies produce many different unusual, sometimes repellent secretions, and their function doesnt always seem entirely clear. But each has their own important role, which often...

Romance isn’t always rosy, sometimes it’s sickening – lovesickness, erotomania and death by heartbreak explained

Feb 14, 2024 01:59 am UTC| Insights & Views Life

Absence makes the heart grow fonder. All you need is love. Its better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all. If cliches and pop songs are anything to go by, humans spend a substantial portion of waking...

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Economy

The yen plunges to 34-year low despite interest rate hike

The Bank of Japan (BoJ) raised interest rates for the first time in 17 years on March 19, bringing an era of negative interest rates to an end. The key rate was hiked from 0.1% to a band from zero to 0.1% a token effort...

The idea that US interest rates will stay higher for longer is probably wrong

The 0.4% rise in US consumer prices in March didnt look like headline news. It was the same as the February increase, and the year-on-year rise of 3.5% is still sharply down from 5% a year ago. All the same, this modest...

Impact of Iran-Israel conflict on Stocks, Gold and Bitcoin

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Japan Posts 7.7% Growth in Machinery Orders

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Why Africa can be the beating heart of South Korea’s technology industry

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Politics

The Alberta government is interfering in public sector bargaining on an unprecedented scale

In the coming months, over 200,000 public sector workers in Alberta will begin bargaining with their employers for new contracts. The most recent agreements expired in March and, after many years of high inflation and few...

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Nvidia RTX 4090D Embroiled in US-China Tech Rivalry; South Korea Navigates Chip Export Dilemma

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Science

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Technology

Shiba Inu's Burn Rate Surges 2200%, Fuels Bullish Sentiment and Speculation on Future Price Gains

Shiba Inu (SHIB), a well-known meme coin rumored to be the self-proclaimed Dogecoin killer, sparked unbridled jubilation among crypto market traders and investors today, as its burn rate increased by around 2200%. This...

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In Teslas latest quarterly update, CEO Elon Musk disclosed ongoing Full Self-Driving (FSD) licensing negotiations with a major automaker, noting the significant engagement from FSD users who have now surpassed 1.3 billion...
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