Katalists is envisioned to be a thriving ecosystem for the scientific community that includes graduate students, research scientists, research professors and broadly anyone interested in a career in scientific research. The goal is to provide a platform for the members of the community to, connect and interact with people they need and who can help, discover the resources available to advance their research and last but not the least transform their professional careers through networking, learning and contribution.
This podcast series is the first step and geared towards translating that goal into reality. I will have the privilege to participate in one on one informal conversations with distinguished scientists and research professors as they share their experiences, stories and insights into what it takes to have a successful research career.
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Jorge Soto in this intriguing TED Talk describes his team’s efforts in developing a diagnostic tool for early detection of cancer. The highlights from his talk are:
The tool is minimally invasive as it requires 1ml of blood sample for analysis.
The tool is also designed to be affordable and inexpensive relative to time and money. It takes about an hour to complete blood analysis.
Finally, it claims higher accuracy compared to conventional approaches as it relies on microRNA as opposed to DNA assay testing for cancer detection.
Regardless of whether the tool and technique lives up to the claims, I applaud the focus, effort, and approach by his group to try and develop an accessible, affordable and high quality cancer detection tool. We need to support and promote such groups and encourage others to do so. Innovation happens everywhere and when cultivated will benefit everyone.
My research paper titled – Sensitivity of epicardial electrical markers to acute ischemia detection was accepted for publishing in the peer-reviewed journal – Journal of Electrocardiology. The article will be available in print, in the December 2014 issue of the journal.
Briefly, the research focuses on the electrical behavior of the heart during ischemic conditions, which is a precursor to myocardial infarction (heart attack). Specifically, the study evaluated different electrical markers and their ability to detect early onset of acute myocardial ischemia. The paper reported the findings from the study and can be accessed here.