Tommy Wood Joins the Team, Update on Signing Up, and the New Roadmap

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Tommy Wood MD, PhD Joins the LMHR Measurement Project

I’m extremely excited to announce Tommy Wood is now joining the team for the LMHR Measurement Project.

Tommy brings a wealth of experience and research aptitude that Spencer and I are quite excited to have onboard.

Tommy Wood’s Background

Tommy Wood is a Research Assistant Professor in the Pediatrics Department at the University of Washington. He received a bachelor’s degree in Natural Sciences and Biochemistry from the University of Cambridge before studying medicine at the University of Oxford. He worked as a junior doctor in central London for two years after medical school, and then moved to Norway to complete a PhD in physiology and neuroscience at the University of Oslo.

Tommy is currently President of Physicians for Ancestral Health, is a director of the British Society of Lifestyle Medicine, and is on the scientific advisory board of Hintsa Performance. Tommy has also coached and competed in multiple sports including rowing, CrossFit, powerlifting, and ultra-endurance racing. Alongside his career in medicine and research, Tommy has published and spoken on multiple topics surrounding lifestyle-based approaches to health.

Big Things Ahead, But We’re Not Allowed to Say Yet

The good news is that the LMHR Project may soon be getting upgraded into something much better with Tommy Wood’s help.

The bad news is that I can’t tell you what yet. The potential improvement requires that we follow specific rules, including our not talking about the process itself. I’ll simply say this will make sense once the initial part of this process is finalized, and I’ll be sharing it here when or if it is.

Update on Signing Up

IMPORTANT — we will not have a signup area for the LMHR Measurement Project for at least two or more months. The reason for this has to do with what I was explaining in the previous section. The direction we’re looking at will be very likely a big improvement, but it requires we don’t sign anyone up until a certain conditions are met first.

In the mean time, keep checking back here at the website for announcements as they develop. Thanks again for your patience!

Roadmap Ahead

The following is a roadmap I put together to help everyone get a sense of the intended scheduling.

This roadmap includes the documentary schedule as well, which will be substantial, particularly in January and February. We’ll be developing the project in parallel and getting it ready for a summer launch. I can’t announce too much on the specifics yet as we’re still in the designing stages.

Please Keep Sharing and Contributing!

We currently estimate around $2,000 in testing overhead expenses for each LMHR participant. Which means that as of this writing, we can fund nearly 33 total. But as I mentioned in Houston, I’d love if we could get to the magic number of 100. At that level, we’ll have a very sizable population given the effect size. I know it’s a stretch goal, but we’re already 1/3rd of the way there!

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Running for Funding

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This post is quite a bit late, but indeed, we managed to raise enough to put me in a hastily made lipoprotein costume.

The process of putting it together in a hurry was extremely difficult. But to be fair, I really didn’t think we’d actually meet that goal in the first place! Once it was clear we were within striking range just a couple days before the race, I jumped into gear.

The following thread on twitter details the many foibles I ran into during the process. It’s quite a comical read:

My ambitions ultimately scaled down, this was the costume (along with the challenging setup):

Fortunately, the race itself went surprisingly well given the situation…

Myself and the Mrs at the Start Line…

And finally…

Really proud of all the peeps that came together and helped raise money to make this happen.

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Updates – Over $40,000 Reached, New Logo, and 10k Race this Sunday

We’ve now cross the 40k benchmark and currently stand at $40,241.86 (counting the Anonymous Donor matching funds of $13,582).

Mega thanks to everyone who has contributed!

New Logo

We have a new logo generously provided by Michael Rowley. I’m a very big fan of his style and look forward to working with him on many other projects moving forward.

See more of his work at vizcab.com.

10K Race this Sunday

As mentioned earlier, I’ll be doing a 10k race to help raise money. Since announcing for it, we’ve raised $3,710. That means I’m on track to either be wearing one of the two costumes I mention in the previous post.

Please continue to contribute and share to help us make the LMHR Project a reality.

Thank you!

Now at 62% Funded – Keep Sharing and Helping to Get the Word Out

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I’m excited to share that at the moment of this writing we have raised $22,010. And with $8,932 of that raised in November, it will be matched to give us a total of $30,942!

We are officially 62% of the way there.

With the existing November funds matched (up to a total of $25,000), we only need $9,529 to get to the $50,000 benchmark.

Please continue to share and help get the word out — especially while we have our contributions matched! Thank you all for your support!

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Donation Matching through the Tremendous Generosity of an Anonymous Donor

An anonymous donor has come forward and has offered to match all donations up to a total of $25,000 for this month (Nov’ 2019)!

That means every dollar you contribute will be worth two!

We might actually reach our goal of $50,000 before the month is out with your help. Please visit our LMHR Measurement Project page to contribute — and thanks again for your support.

Why We’re Here and Why It’s Now

The Citizen Science Foundation is seeking to advance “citizen science” by empowering those not formally trained in this field to connect with research evangelists, conduct rigorous scientific experiments, and promote shared data for the benefit of the scientific community.

Much of modern research is advanced through industry or academic study design and funding. Yet many ideas that help to advance science have historically been found across many disciplines and professions. The Trust is interested in making such ideas a reality through guidance, operation, and/or funding.

Lean Mass Hyper-responder Measurement Project

The Lean Mass Hyper-responder (LMHR) phenotype is characterized by LDL cholesterol of 200 mg/dL (5.17 mmol/L) or higher, HDL-C of 80 mg/dL (2.07 mmol/L) or higher, and Triglycerides of 70 mg/dL (0.79 mmol/L) or lower. We are likewise interested in “borderline” LMHRs that are near these same cut points.

We are seeking to help provide wide spectrum blood panels and cardiovascular testing such as CT Angiogram, Carotid Intima Media Thickness (CIMT), and Coronary Artery Calcium (CAC) score to this phenotype of interest.

We further wish to encourage ongoing communication and follow up with participants, including a further set of measurements in five years.

With your support, we hope to gather data for at least 25 of these “hyper-responders”, but hope to meet our stretch goal of 100. We currently estimate costs for these tests to be between $1,000 to $2,000 and will cover wide spectrum blood tests as well as advanced physical testing such as CTA, CIMT, and CAC.

100% of proceeds will go toward testing and service costs for this project.

Again, we’re honored to have your consideration in helping us move this research forward. Thank you!