I'm sorry things have been slow around here lately, but I promise it's because I've got plenty of excitement brewing, just waiting to be released.
First up, please give a warm welcome to my summer student, Grace!
|Grace and Me Measuring the Carboxylation Status of Osteocalcin in Rat Serum|
Grace is currently between her first and second year of medical school at Southern Illinois University (SIU). Her pursuit of medicine is largely inspired by her own successful use of ancestral dietary and lifestyle patterns to manage an autoimmune muscular disease she developed, and she is especially interested in specializing in rheumatology or gastroenterology.
SIU School of Medicine offers a Mentored Professional Enrichment Experience (MPEE) program for medical students interested in research. Grace obtained a $3,000 scholarship from the MPEE program to come to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and research the bone-related mechanisms by which vitamin D impairs the carboxylation status of circulating osteocalcin and the potential clinical significance of this effect, with me as her mentor.
I suppose there are some ways in which I am mentoring Grace but it feels much more like teamwork. One of her supervisors at the CDC told me she "gets things done yesterday." Consistent with this, the amount of research we have been able to get done together in the short time she has been here blows my mind. I look forward to being able to share it once we wrap up the project.
Grace's husband Paul employs himself as an editor and increasingly as a writer through independent contracting and draws creative inspiration from working in coffee shops on the side.
Her brother Jon is a stay-at-home dad and engineer who in his free time makes homemade ancestral health-friendly gadgets. His works include a treadmill desk, a sous-vide, and barefoot sandals.
Grace and I are thinking of asking Jon to make a line of five-fingered shoes for rats so we can market future experiments as "paleo rat" experiments and raise money for them on Kickstarter.
Grace, Paul, and Jon will be in California in a couple of weeks, where Grace and Jon will be attending the Ancestral Health Symposium. If you are attending AHS and see Grace, make sure to say hi!