9/2/16 ftf, wren

Yesterday, everyone at work was very excited about the findings related to the new Alzheimer’s drug that we’re testing, so I spent a good part of the day organizing an interview for a local news story and explaining the report to others.  Basically, in a small study of about 125, the drug was found to remove plaques that are suspected as the cause of AD from the brain, specifically targeting the problem plaques.  If the same results are replicated in a larger trial and it’s found that brain function is restored when the plaques are removed, then this will be the cure.  There are still years of testing ahead, but this is the closest thing to big progress in the AD front in years.

Oh, and then I learned that our major donor has decided to put the running of their foundation into the hands of a bunch of college students, and the students have decided that we must jump through many new hurdles to get continued funding.  I have just a few days to jump through all of the hurdles, so there’s the plan for my day today.

I had a good session with the hand therapist yesterday.  We did this cool thing where I plunged my hand into a vat of hot wax and then later peeled the wax off like a glove.  I had a breakthrough week with increased range of motion, increased strength, and decreased pain.  Yay.

This is a holiday weekend in the US, the last hurrah of the summer.  Our town will be busy with vacationers.  Boo.



happy dog time!


work day


foundation meeting

donor report

office supplies

list of additional funders

update impact assessment report

clinical trials invoicing

start Suven uTRAC

DSS for new PAMS

read NIH Welcome Wagon Letter


close out 09857

look into Foundation Directory Online

Research P01 grants

after work

hike, hike, hike

phone mom


Comments on: "9/2/16 ftf, wren" (3)

  1. That is great news about the trial – really hope the bigger trial replicates the results! And interesting about the vat of hot wax! Glad that seems to have had a good effect.

  2. Excellent news with your hand! The wax sounds weird but kind of cool – do you think that’s what made the difference?

    • It might have had something to do with it, but I think it’s mostly that I’ve been working hard on daily exercises to build strength and range of motion. The therapist says that sometimes it happens like this – a person will be at a plateau for weeks and then very quickly there will be a breakthrough.

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