Until I came to Malawi and began working on Professor Ickes’ PUFA study, I had never conducted (or or heard of, for that matter) an acceptability trial. However, over the last couple weeks, with the help of child nutrition researchers from Washington University in St. Louis, I have been brought up to speed on the ins and outs of such trials. And now, I have developed my own to conduct here in Malawi! Here are the specifics on the trial:
Although I came to Malawi with the goal of working on two studies (the ethnographic study I’ve been posting about and the PUFA therapeutic food study), the process on the ethnographic study has been slowed as we continue to wait on ethics board approval here. Simultaneously, the PUFA study has moved ahead and received ethical approval in Malawi! Working in Africa can be unpredictable, so I am just thrilled that one of Prof Ickes’ and my projects can get off the ground.
I’ve recently moved in, got my bearings, cleaned like crazy and come back to lab. For the Chemistry department, the week started off with a Safety Seminar and tour of the Integrated Science Center – including some modeling of lab coats, a rarely seen peak of the neutralization system, and fire safety training.
Traditionally, the last blog post of summer research is supposed to sum up the summers work. Content wise, a lot of that has been covered in the past two blog posts. In those posts I discuss the theoretical meat of my project in greater detail. However, I want to take this opportunity to share some of the more personal lessons that I’ve learned working on my project this summer.