After having spent much of the past 2 months on the road for some very stimulating meetings and conferences, I've returned to Kelowna, where I am settling in to get some papers out the door.
I'm feeling particularly motivated at the moment; I was fortunate enough to be selected for the Young Investigator Award at the 16th International Conference on Intracranial Pressure and Neuromonitoring. The conference was also co-hosted with the 6th Annual Meeting of the Cerebral Autoregulation Research Network (CARNet). I have to give a huge shout-out to Prof Thomas Heldt and his team at MIT for organizing a great conference, both in terms of content and the social program.
Given my interests in the effects of sport-related concussion on cerebral autoregulation (that is, our ability to appropriately adapt blood flow to the brain depending on blood pressure), the CARNet meeting was very important for me. The event was successful, and I was able to finally put faces to the names that I have been reading (over and over) in contextualizing my research. It was so encouraging to engage with the 'big names' of this field, and participate in the conversations. I left feeling humbled, grateful, and inspired. Now, my job is to direct that energy towards crafting an interesting and compelling story... Fingers crossed.