✓ TORRES DEL PAINE NATIONAL PARK, CHILE (JANUARY)
During this trip to Patagonia I will be a trekking the 52 mile, "full circuit" of the Torres del Paine National Park. I will be testing portable power solutions, as well as collecting scat samples to contribute to the ASC Scat Project. This global microbe study aims to serve as an early warning system for wildlife disease. I invite you to visit my Chile Photo Journal on Instagram.
✓ IRONMAN 70.3, SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO (MARCH)
The triathlon will mark a milestone in my investigation on techniques to increase oxygen availability during endurance training as well as identify natural remedies to mild forms of Raynaud's phenomena. Following the competition I’ll be hiking the El Yunque National Forest on the eastern edge of the archipelago ending in the Laguna Grande bioluminescent bay in Fajardo.
✓ TEDXYOUTH @ SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA (APRIL)
I'll be sharing a few big ideas in a short talk. This awesome “by youth, for youth” experience takes place Sunday, April 17, 2016, bringing together 400 students from more than 40 area high schools. Designed in the spirit of TED and Ideas Worth Spreading, this world-renown, independently organized event features some of the worlds greatest thinkers, doers, provocateurs and presenters of our time.
✓ SAINT PETERSBURG – MOSCOW, RUSSIA (MAY)
Visiting Saint Petersburg for the 23rd annual Neuroscience Stress and Behavior conference where I’ll be presenting a poster, Autonomous Nanosatellite Bioimaging in Low Earth Orbit, based on my collaboration with the Department of Aerospace Engineering. Next, I'll be in Moscow for a meeting at the Institute for Biomedical Problems.
✓ NINDS UDALL CENTER MEETING, MARYLAND (NOVEMBER)
Hosted by the NINDS, and developed in collaboration with the Udall Center Coordinating Committee, the meeting is a unique annual forum in which Center investigators gather to discuss creative Center-based approaches to emergent issues in the research and treatment of Parkinson's disease, as well as to identify opportunities for collaborative approaches and sharing of resources and data.
✓ ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP, NEPAL (NOVEMBER)
This two week expedition aims to record brain activity that might be relevant ground-based neurological disease and altitude-induced neurological dysfunction. Our trek ascends from 830 to 4,130 meters to base of the Annapurna Massif, the tenth highest and most deadly mountain in the world. Funded by the Harvard Travellers Club and sponsored by Brain Vision LLC & J+S Vision.