When a person has too much on their plate, it becomes difficult to focus on a single task. Here I am. Multiple things on my plate and I go and add a blog post. Well, it’s my out: my brief escape.
I’m ambitious, very, and my next project proposal will include studies for translational clinical work. Human trials for the therapeutic treatment I’ve been working on for the past several years.
Unlike conventional therapy, my hope is to begin working on genetic manipulation as a method to target a molecule that I think is involved in neuropathic pain – specifically tactile allodynia, or the type of pain that occurs through the sense of touch.
The idea is to change the way neurons in the spinal cord process information at the genetic/protein level. This has several advantages, including specificity (less side effects) and durability (a longer-lasting treatment, e.g., even permanent).
This is running in the background of all the myriad of other projects and administrative duties I’m responsible for; of course, I’m still trying to obtain funding for this exciting project with a goal of trying to see if early clinical trials are possible within the decade.
I think right now, today, the hardest part for me personally is being patient and careful in making each step I make count well.