Hello, readers! I’ve been ill for some time and focusing on other projects, so unfortunately I’ve been neglecting this blog. I haven’t stopped my work on Project: Cancer-Fighting Gut Bacteria, and an NIH grant is in the works for that project with some collaborators of mine. If I had adjunct professor status at a university, that would make writing such a grant a lot easier, but alas, my funding situation is too precarious for me to get status at my home university, the University of Guelph, and unless funding comes through for my UCLA collaborator, there won’t be a chance for me to get this status at UCLA, either.
My UCLA collaborator, Dr. Robert Schiestl, has shared with me some of his ambitious plans for studying the Lactobacillus johnsonii gut bacterium that he’s already demonstrated has the ability to suppress lymphoma development in mice. I can’t tell you what the plans are, except to say he’d like to examine the possibility of this bacterium helping with a wide variety of diseases and syndromes linked to inflammation (and there are quite a number of these!). I am helping him seek funding for his project, partly because I want to see the trials go ahead, and partly because it would allow Dr. Schiestl to hire me and, if I am hired for long enough, I can get adjunct status at UCLA and take a lead role in the grant I’m trying to coordinate for Project: Cancer-Fighting Gut Bacteria.
Wish us luck! I wish I could tell you what is planned, as it is very exciting indeed, but I have promised not to.
I hope over the Christmas break, in between working on some other projects, to post a few more details of articles I’ve come across which I find interesting, and which you may find interesting, too.
Merry Christmas, if you celebrate, and if you do not, I hope you have a nice day.