July 29, 2013
This week I hit the ground running with the CAP analysis for our sleep deprivation study. We have five subjects who have completed the study so far. We will analyze five nights of sleep deprivation and five nights of normal sleep as a control. This means that we have to analyze 50 records in the next few weeks. Considering each record takes approximately one day, we have a lot of work to get done in a short amount of time. Hopefully with all the student interns working on the project, we will be able to get it done. Once we finish scoring all the records, we will analyze the data to see if their is a difference in the amount of CAP between the sleep deprived state and the control state. In addition, the subjects completed many cognition tests while in the sleep deprived state, so we will be able to analyze the relationship between CAP and cognition.
I also continued to work on my individual project, which is the Epilepsy survey. Everything is approved and finalized so now we are starting the mailing process. This survey is HUGE and we are sending it to about 1,000 patients. After a quick calculation, I realized that we need to print ~40,000 pages. Thankfully, Mayo’s media services will print everything for us for free. We are expecting to get the printed copies early next week. Then, we have the exciting job of labeling each survey packet and stuffing them into mailing envelopes.
On Wednesday, I attended Medical Grand Rounds. The topic was “Why Scientists and Physicians Inhibit Scientific Advances”. It was an interesting presentation about how we ignore or deny facts that challenge our basic assumptions. Essentially, it’s something we have never heard of, so it can’t be true. The presentation was very interactive and enjoyable.
To finish out the week, I attended a barbeque at Dr. St. Louis’ house. It was great to spend time with everyone outside of the lab and enjoy some delicious food! And of course there were some neurology jokes thrown into the conversation. Two of the research assistants in our lab will be beginning medical school at the University of Minnesota next week, so it was a great way to send them off.
“The keynote of progress in the 20th century is system and organization, -in other words, ‘teamwork.’”-Dr. Charlie Mayo
Major: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology. Hometown:White Bear Lake, Minnesota.