Slushy party for calves

posted Nov 16, 2013, 12:35 PM by Admin PEMRF   [ updated Nov 16, 2013, 3:49 PM ]

So one of the odder purchases the foundation has made is slushy cone mix.  And no, we weren’t fund raising among eight-year olds. We are supporting in a peripheral way a study looking at the prostaglandin E hypothesis in bronchiolitis. This is related to the apnea work we have previously supported but addresses the effects on bronchiolitis. This project involved calves, as in mooo!

 Bovine models are expensive and the foundation's effort on this one is dwarfed by the opportunity costs incurred by the PI who is doing this   instead of a more lucrative community practice and NIH and university seed monies. Nonetheless the foundation's role was critical. Big organizations move slowly, drugs arrived late, and when a matching placebo (and personal protective equipment) were urgently needed hours before the experiment was due to start  it was the foundation that quickly stepped in and made the necessary purchases.  For the placebo the matching substances turned out to be slushy mix.  And it worked wonderfully at least as an indistinguishable placebo. As for the experiment more anon...
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