Siobhan and I flew to Nashville to attend the Clinical Lipid Update put on by the National Lipid Association. We were both very excited to be hanging with like-minded lipid geeks, even if our perspectives might vary a little. We managed to make some new friends, get interesting perspectives and learned a few new things in the lectures that have us looking into some research we might not have come across otherwise.
The Organization and Staff Were Super Friendly
My one biggest worry was that NLA staff might not receive me well given I might be considered a more controversial figure with regard to cholesterol (certainly I get that feeling in social media). But nothing could have been further from the truth. Before registering, I worked closely with Brandi Rawls, the NLA Membership Manager to get the details settled. And upon arriving, I had a number of questions for their Project Coordinator, Chealsea Schroeder, who was all too happy to answer. All in all, it was a lot of smiles and well-wishing.
Meeting the Luminaries of Lipidology
We got to meet quite a few Big Names in the field.
While not all are fans of the Low Carb / Ketogenic lifestyle, one particular figure Sarah Hallberg wanted me to meet was Greg Pokrywka of the Baltimore Lipid Center. He had some great suggestions on next steps for us in our research and I was quite honored to have the chat.
I had a number of questions for many who gave presentations, but I decided to forego the public Q&A to instead approach them with my query privately following the session.
I was especially interested in the blood and non-blood tests taken for patient cases. How much do they focus on Lp(a), free fatty acids, and CTs like CAC? Overall, quite a bit, actually. I also asked about fasting insulin and C-Peptide, but hadn’t found anyone who actively used it before.
Overall, Siobhan and I had a positive experience and especially enjoyed the last day which had a focus on CAC’s value and a couple things we didn’t know about like Lipoprotein X.
We also wrapped an experiment around the event: the Tandem Drop Experiment. But more on that in the next post…