Two years ago, I became interested in learning more about Alzheimer’s Disease after my grandfather passed away after suffering for years from it. I had this childish dream that maybe I could find a cure for Alzheimer’s Disease, so I began searching for agents that could be potential cures, one thing lead to another, and I ended up doing research that uncovered the biosafety of two amyloid-ß inhibitors, discovering a new property of the drugs and then applying them to the development of a prototype for a cardio-protective drug; winning the national science fair; being named one of Canada’s Top 20 Under 20; receiving the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal; and going on a research expedition to the Canadian and Greenlandic Arctic, all because of a little curiosity I had as an 11 year old.
After winning the national science fair, I did an interview on CBC radio’s Ontario Morning with Wei Chen (48:00 to 58:00) about my research (Note: this was my first live radio interview ever, so I was ridiculously nervous :P). A few days later, I got an email from someone by the name of Dr. Jennie Wells, a geriatric researcher at the University of Western Ontario. Here’s a bit of it:
Both Dr. Michael Borrie and I listened to your radio interview and were very impressed by your intelligence, energy, and enthusiasm. Additionally, you are amazingly well-spoken. Dr. Borrie and I are geriatricians (trained in Internal Medicine and then sub-specialized in geriatrics.) … We think it will be exciting for you to attend the Canadian Conference on Dementia in October of 2013. I am waiting for a reply from the organizers to see if it will be in Ottawa or Toronto that year. We will follow up with you about that.
With congratulations on your success and sincerely,
We communicated over the next year and I ended up going to the CCD last week! There was just one difference between what was written in her email and what actually happened: the conference was in Vancouver, BC!
Going to the conference was an absolutely amazing experience for so many reasons. I was inspired by the latest research being conducted related to dementia, I met some of the top dementia researchers in the country and I learned so much about Alzheimer’s Disease.
I am hoping to present research at the next CCD!
Here are some pictures from the event: