Saturday, July 26, 2008

Latest Post from Patty's Blog

While July's From the Lab blog entry by Dr. Malcolm Leissring deals with explaining the "Molecular basis for the thiol sensitivity of insulin-degrading enzyme" an important paper issued by his lab and published this month in the very prestigious journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, I want to talk about one, little, tiny part of this scientific work that I have under my microscope.

In the "Acknowledgments" section of this research paper, you can find The Unforgettable Fund.
Meanwhile, Dr. Claes Wahlestedt and his crew published their work in a paper entitled "Expression of a noncoding RNA is elevated in Alzheimer’s disease and drives rapid feed-forward regulation of b-secretase" in the July issue of Nature Medicine, which, according to many, has the highest so-called impact factor in all of medicine.

This is the work, the incredible result, of two labs dedicated to fighting Alzheimer's disease. And these are the two labs to which The Unforgettable Fund donates.

These two published papers - two sterling examples of Alzheimer's research - were made possible, in part, because of your help, your donation, your time, and your effort. That's huge. While The Unforgettable Fund may not hand out fancy plaques or have grand parties to lavish praise upon our donors, we offer you this small token of the incredible opportunities your generosity created, and continues to create, for Alzheimer's researchers.

Right now, while you're at your computer, print out this Acknowledgment, fold it up, and carry it in your wallet. Refer to it often, and know that your contribution makes Alzheimer's research possible. Feel proud. You did this. You are what makes The Unforgettable Fund just that - an unforgettable fund.

Great, great job everyone!


Late July

fuzzy deer antlers, wild raspberries falling to the ground in the rain, labs shedding their thick coats and fireflys as hypnotic as flickering candles. in late July all these things are happening simultaneously.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Staff Retreat

Saturday, July 12, 2008


This painting reminds me of a friend's backyard - it was painted by Duane Keiser and most of his work is done on postcard sized canvases. He tries to paint " a painting a day" and then sells them online to the highest bidder. Anyway, this painting looks like someone's backyard where lots of parties take place.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008


There's no easy way to explain why this photo makes so much sense to me tonight.

Friday, July 04, 2008

4th of July

Watched a lot of the John Adams Series on HBO today - a fitting day for that. Late in his life a letter from Jefferson to Adams mentions "time and silence" as the only true medicines. The house pictured is John Adams' birthplace in Quincy.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Minori's Gift and Spilled Blueberries

We have an amazing volunteer, at the office named Minori and she very kindly brought each of us a bar of dark chocolate wrapped beautifully with our names written in Japanese. You have to tilt your head to the left to read it.