Well the day has finally arrived. After a full day of running the sample (which turned out to have a few Caucasians mixed in) I have data. And not just any data! After running an ANOVA (analysis of variance) test with SPSS I can say that our results are significant and that they show Obese subjects expressed GR at a higher level than Overweight subjects and Overweight subjects expressed GR at a higher level than Normal subjects. The data is much cleaner than I anticipated because the samples were 3+ years old and in some cases had significant coagulation. Since the poster is basically prepared and I just need to play around with the data a little more, I will have time to try to find more correlations with GR levels. This afternoon, I correlated GR to ethnicity and found after an ANOVA test that ethnicity was not significantly related to GR expression. This was somewhat unexpected because African Americans tend to have higher levels of the ACTH hormone which is upstream of GR in the HPA feedback loop. If I have time, I would like to look at the relationship between GR and serum glucose. Other than that, I plan on spending my last week doing final edits on the poster and preparing to present it to the lab at our bi-weekly lab meeting next Thursday.