SPARK writers survive flight to AFMNet Conference in Halifax and put their inquiring minds to use.

Feel free to exhale, for SPARK students Carol Moore, Natalie Osborne and myself have arrived safe and sound at the AFMNet Conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia. We flew in at around eight o’clock yesterday evening and after checking in to the hotel, we set about looking for a fine dining establishment of some sort to quell our ravenous appetites. After a bit of wandering around downtown Halifax, we settled on a small pub called the Foggy Goggle, where, to Carol’s giddy delight, we were serenaded by a live bluegrass band while I attempted to eat a hamburger the size of my face and Natalie proved a noble adversary to a massive plate of fresh-that-morning mussels.

On the more SPARK-related side of things, we’ve set up a temporary research-communications command bunker in rooms 352 and 355 on the third floor of the Westin Hotel. Just this morning, I interviewed Rotimi Aluko from the University of Manitoba for the latest on his research into pea proteins that can be taken in pill or food-additive form to reduce blood pressure and slow down the effects of kidney disease. The best part? It’s a completely natural food product that doesn’t have any harmful side effects. We’ll have more on this story and how he plans to commercialize this new product in our forthcoming issue of Advance.

Natalie and Carol will also be sharing highlights from their researcher-encounters throughout the week – so bookmark this blog and be sure to check in for something new and potentially enlightening from this summer’s AFMNet conference.

That’s all from me for now, dear readers.

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