I am Enrica, a medical and scientific writer

"Medical what?" … This is the question I am asked when I try to explain my work and my role in this society increasingly founded on the digital world. After my postdoc in the United States where I dealt with the role of the microbiota in the different phases of our life, today I write about Science.

My name is Enrica and I deal with medical-scientific communication. In a historical moment in which everyone can talk about science, but those who have the cultural means to do so often remain silent, I have chosen to help people understand what is behind a drug approval process, to understand how a drug virus to mutate and why it does it (and no, it doesn't because it hates us!). In this world where the computer seems to want to be the weapon available to most people to write the greatest nonsense, I have chosen to use it to tell that SCIENCE it is much, much more than a pandemic has managed to bring to people's ears and eyes. They are hours and hours, days, months, even years, chasing a result that could lead to something innovative and tremendously useful, or to the awareness of a wrong hypothesis ... it can be exciting, frustrating, but this is also part of the game, but outside the laboratory, the ward, all this does not come. 

Dr. Enrica Piras

I approached scientific communication during my post-doctoral degree at Mount Sinai in NYC, where I dealt with microbiota and its role in the different phases of our life. But what does this word mean, which is now so cool, that everyone “sticks” to the most varied commercial products? I like to think of the microbiota as the second husband (or wife) of each of us, because it accompanies us "in health and in sickness" and "until death do us part". But the microbiota is also our best friend and ally, because with its millions of species of microorganisms (mostly bacteria, but also fungi and viruses) it defends us from the attack of bad bacteria and, with its "cumbersome presence "But never excessive, it prevents these from establishing themselves in our organism, leading then to the most varied damages. I like to think of the intestine as a colored book, with many colors that make up our microbiota. Some foods, such as yogurt and fruit, as well as 90's multicolor pens, help us to keep our book always super colorful and never boring, defining the outlines of our drawings or coloring them. Yogurt is in fact rich in probiotics, that is small good bacteria that bring us great benefits (a bit like the multicolor pen of the 90s to be clear). The fruits, on the other hand, are rich in prebiotics, that is, all those substances that are used to make our little bacteria happy (the ink of our multicolor pen). 

I hope with these simple metaphors to have introduced you a little bit about me, but above all about our microbiota.

But it will not end here because writing is part of my DNA and I will tell the life experiences of our researchers and doctors around the world. Stay tuned!

Enrica Piras, Graduated in biology and specialist in microbiology with a focus on the role of the microbiota in the different stages of life and in diseases.

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