Grit is the disposition to pursue very long-term goals with passion and perseverance. And I want to emphasize the stamina quality of grit. Grit is sticking with things over the long term and then working very hard at it.

Grit is living life like it’s a marathon, not a sprint.

– we will try very hard to show that it holds true for gritsystems

(Source: explore-blog, via lindaliukas)

Me looking serious at the Biocom IP/Big Data conference at the Danish Ambassy in Berlin.
Picture is from the Biocom site transcript.de where they report on the conference.
The slides from the conference are available on slideshare here
Enjoy

Me looking serious at the Biocom IP/Big Data conference at the Danish Ambassy in Berlin.

Picture is from the Biocom site transcript.de where they report on the conference.

The slides from the conference are available on slideshare here

Enjoy

Been a while…

I have been busy working on a new project that I hope to be able to talk/write about soon. But it has taken up my time so haven’t had any new geek experiments or other info to write about.

But will be back soon.

Participated in the rewriting of an INSEAD case

During my E-MBA at INSEAD I had a negotiation class with a fantastic professor (Horacio). He was(is) a great story teller and taught negotiation by role play which apparently is a good way to learn the skills of negotiation.

I did not do too well during the exams - although we actually got a case about something I was supposed to know about - the pharma industy. I naturally blamed the case!

The fact was that the case was highly unrealistic if you knew about real world pharma research. Instead of just performing the exam as I was supposed to do (and actually was able to do at the time) I got caught in the fact that it didn’t make any sense.

To cut a long story a bit shorter. I have now worked with Horacio to re-write the case in order to make it just a bit more realistic. The case is not public but can be found/bought here

So although I did a fairly bad negotiation exam back then I can  now add “INSEAD negotiation case writer” to my CV. Although I only helped Horacio that’s still something

will I get Alzheimer’s and if so when?

According to 23andme I have a 12.6% probability of getting Alzheimer’s vs 7.2% in the average population.

They base that judgement on the current research that indicates that having an ApoE4 allele increases the risk of getting Alzheimer’s. Having two of the ApoE4 alleles seems to be worse - I only have one.

So, does that make me scared?

No, not at all. I read a paper that estimated that I would get Alzheimer’s at the age of 76 whereas the average could wait until 82. Who knows if I will even live that long and if so Alzheimer’s might be the least of my worries.

And it’s the current state of the research. Might turn out that ApoE4 isn’t the bad guy - or at least not on its own.

Would I rather not have known?

This is basically a question of wanting to get a 23andme test in the first place. Do you want to know what you might get or would you rather live in the dark.

I prefer to know. By knowing that I might have a higher risk I might get a change to do something to prevent it from happening. I might also be more alert to symptoms and therefore go to a doctor and get treated early on and potentially stop the progression - or the speed of the progression.

And funny enough, Alzheimer’s research starts to become an area of interest! And in order to help the research I have also published my 23andme file. The larger a pool of data with genotypes and the resulting phenotypes and diseases the more likely I think we are to find the link between certain genes and diseases - if they exist.

So for now I will keep a close eye on the direction of the ApoE4 research