By Carrie Cuinn
Innsmouth, MA – The Innsmouth Medical Center would like to invite locals to a “Welcome to Innsmouth” luncheon next Tuesday at 12:30 pm. The event is being held in honor of Dr. Kenneth Bladel, who is joining the staff of the Center. Spokeswoman Ellen Chambray said that the 32-year-old doctor will be arriving this weekend with his wife and young son. He will be replacing the late Dr. Andrew Carter.
Dr. Bladel is a recent graduate of the Stanford University School of Medicine. He attended Sacramento City High School and did his undergraduate work at UC Davis. Previously, Dr. Bladel was an EMT and volunteered with the Palo Alto Fire Department.
“Dr. Bladel specializes in Bioengineering, particularly as it applies to the Neurosciences,” said Dr. Jeff Martindale, an adjunct epidemiologist with the Innsmouth Medical Center, “and will be a welcome addition to our research in Sleep Medicine.”
Indeed, Dr. Bladel’s recent work included being part of the team that maintained the Stanford Medical Center’s fleet of Ecotones Duet Adaptive Sleep Sound Machines. According their manufacturer, ASTI, “Ecotones Duet uses a built-in microphone that continuously listens to its surroundings for intrusive background noises. In response to unwanted noise, Ecotones Duet dynamically re-mixes its audio playback with complementary natural sounds and automatically adjusts volume to neutralize the offending noise. When intrusive noises subside, Ecotones Duet gradually and automatically returns to normal playback settings.” Could the Innsmouth Medical Centre be working on a similar device for its patients?
Dr. Martindale doesn’t think so.
“We at the Innsmouth Medical Center are more interested in researching future possibilities than recreating an already working device,” Martindale said when asked. “While I can’t comment on Dr. Bladel’s work, I am certain that you can expect innovation, not duplication, out of our team.”
Dr. Bladel was also part of the research team that studied the effects of a light activated inside the brain of a mouse. In 2007, his group published a paper showing that certain genes could be implanted into a mouse brain. These genes would create special cells that could respond to light. This new technology, called optogenetic research, could allow doctors to literally see into the brain, by lighting up key cells connected to different functions.
Of course, the luncheon is part of the Medical Center’s new community outreach program, hoping to bring transparency to the Center and ease to the minds of our townsfolk. Still, it’s hard to imagine passing up a free meal and a chance to meet our new neighbours. Let’s hope they bring some of that California sun with them.
For further details, please contact Mrs. Chambray at Innsmouth Medical Center.