The Wise Novelist

Well Done Randall Eck & Andrea Couture – Fuck Alzheimers

Randall Eck is my nephew. He’s quite the smarty pants. I am very proud of him.

He is the eldest child of Lisa’s youngest sister, Dina (a Wallen Witch-Fairy), below

and her husband Randy Eck (full Terran). Randall’s sister, Julia, is an accompished and talented artist.

Randall is currently doing research at The University of Washington in Seattle on neurological diseases, including Alzheimers. He is earning his PhD taking classes, and co-teaching a class called The Biology of Learning and Memory (which includes studying Alzhiemers’ disease) which has gotten a positive response from the student body.

Randall also works full time in the University lab, and was recently honored for being a part of a team of scientists doing research in this area:

Randall is also a member of an organization that is super cool that does allow for tax deductible donations 

It’s a magazine focused on explaining current neuroscience research to the public which Randall helps to edit and peer review.  It also does a lot of science demonstrations for elementary school students and the local community! I believe the public can support the magazine through donations.

Randall will be going to Scotland to present his recent Altzheimers-related research concerning his use of c elegans worms as a model for his research.

I am highlighting Randall’s important contribution to the research in this area because so many families are impacted by this dreadful disease, as well as other related diseases like Parkinsons. It may be our only hope of eradicating these diseases in the forseeable future. Could save his favorite uncle, or even me.

Staying on topic, I recently mentioned a wonderful memoir by the writer Andrea Couture called Embracing What Remains.

In her book, Andrea describes her family’s struggle and heartbreak over the loss of their father, a brilliant surgeon, to Alzheimers. Andrea’s father was only my age when at the disease’s onset. That frightens me. It should frighten everyone my age.

I’m mentioning Andrea and her memoire today because she and others like her work very hard to get the information on this dreaded disease out to the public through forums and group presentations. Well done folks.

Well, now I need to turn towards my day job’s use of my mental faculties.

But first a kitty cuddle, my rounds and the dreadmill.

You fine, five readers go out there and use your God-given intelligence to make the world a better place.

And no matter what you do, make today a great one.

So congrats Randall, and well-done Andrea.

Keep up the good fight.

One Response

  1. Let us know if you learn any useful tips from your nephew. Foods, things to avoid? Not avoid?
    The best of luck to him and what appears to be a promising future.

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