Monday, September 7, 2009

Labor Day on the Pedal Peninsula

Greetings from the SALSA Bowl. Busy as usual at the University. We thought we might share with you some thoughts as we labor on this Labor day.

Joe Mills and I were doing an interview this morning for one of our professional magazines and we were reflecting on why the foot in diabetes seems so remarkably rich-- largely because we're at the end of what I refer to as an "anatomic peninsula". For that reason, we're hostage to the supply from the "anatomic mainland".

When we were asked about our research projects, we remarked that we were presently laboring on 23 funded projects evenly distributed between industry, non-for-profit, and Federal. I started to describe the tremendously diverse topics on which we are fortunate enough to work. These span everything from fancy arch supports, to computer designed shoes, to collagen that is woven on a loom to intelligent textiles, to super-strong tinkertoy fixation devices to chemotherapeutics to skin temperatures to new-fangled vascular conduits to psychiatry to neurology to superbugs to stem cells. I realized that this diversity, in a way, formed a union-- each project's ultimate goal is to prevent us getting "cut off" from the mainland.

I suppose, then, that's our thought for the day. We labor to prevent the rising tide of amputation to wash over our peninsula. That's enough work for all of us. There is power in a (diabetic foot) union.