(ED NOTE: Neil is a  biomedical engineering student at John Hopkins Univeristy, just completing his second year.   Funded by the generous Vredenburg Scholarship, he will be attending the Engineering World Health Summer Institute in Rwanda.  Neil did an excellent Google Hangout for us a few months back, INTRODUCTION TO GENOMICS, see it HERE)


From the Blog of Neil Rens

In true Rens fashion my room still looked like this just hours before I was set to embark.

Admittedly, I was a little distracted by all of the goodies I got from my friends Mike and Shiv at a startup called Quantified Care. I’ll be showing some of the mHealth devices they use to clinicians in Rwanda to see if the devices could be of help. All of them interface with a smartphone, are easy to use, and provide high quality data. Take a look at my ECG reading. It looks normal (I hope). I’ll spend some of the plane ride trying to decipher that signal (I guess there really is no escape from Fourier, Dr. Miller).

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Tomorrow my journey begins with a 6:10am train ride into DC, then Metro and bus rides to Dulles Airport. Once I’m on my plane it’s just a quick 19 hours to Kigali, Rwanda, including a layover in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Ijoro ryiza (good night)

(ED NOTE: I believe “Ijoro ryiza” is Swahili, a language that is spoken in the below areas in Africa)



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