Kent Lai, PhD, sitting in a chair in his lab
June 21, 2022

Kent Lai, PhD, is a professor in the Division of Medical Genetics (Pediatrics) at the University of Utah. He is also a member of the Frontiers in Congenital Disorders of Glycosylation Consortium (FCDGC). His research focuses on the development of novel therapeutics for both common and rare diseases, including congenital disorders of glycosylation (CDG). Here, he shares his start in rare disease research, exciting discoveries, and future goals. 

Headshot of Steven Sloan, MD, PhD
June 14, 2022

Steven Sloan, MD, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Human Genetics at the Emory University School of Medicine, as well as a member of the Frontiers in Congenital Disorders of Glycosylation Consortium (FCDGC). His research focuses on glial development and the role these cells play in neurodevelopmental and neuropsychiatric diseases, including congenital disorders of glycosylation (CDG). Here, he shares his start in rare disease research, exciting discoveries, and future goals.

Headshot of Fernando Scaglia, MD
June 07, 2022

Fernando Scaglia, MD, is a professor in the Department of Molecular and Human Genetics at Baylor College of Medicine; co-director of the Pediatric Mitochondrial Medicine Clinic at Texas Children's Hospital; and director of the BCM-CUHK Center of Medical Genetics at Prince of Wales Hospital, Hong Kong. His research focuses on the natural history of mitochondrial disorders, supported by the North American Mitochondrial Disease Consortium (NAMDC). Here, he shares his start in rare disease research, exciting discoveries, and future goals. 

North American Mitochondrial Disease Consortium (NAMDC) logo
June 01, 2022

The North American Mitochondrial Disease Consortium (NAMDC) was established to create a network of clinicians and clinical investigators in North America who follow sizeable numbers of patients with mitochondrial diseases and are involved or interested in mitochondrial research. Here, Principal Investigator (PI) Michio Hirano, MD, shares the history of the consortium, current research, and future plans.

Rare Diseases Clinical Research Network logo with text: Research Roundup, #RDCRN
June 01, 2022

Each month, we share summaries of recent Rare Diseases Clinical Research Network (RDCRN) grant-funded publications. Catch up on the latest RDCRN research below.

The Estopinan family at an outdoor gathering
May 26, 2022

Art Estopinan is a government consultant and political advisor who has spent his life advocating for different causes. When his son Arturo, now 11, was diagnosed with TK2-related mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome (MDS), the Estopinan family became his biggest advocates. Here, Art shares their journey from facing a difficult prognosis to finding a therapy that saved his son’s life. 

Headshot of Zarazuela Zolkipli-Cunningham, MBChB, MRCP
May 19, 2022

Zarazuela Zolkipli-Cunningham, MBChB, MRCP, is an attending physician in the Mitochondrial Medicine Frontier Program (MMFP) at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and a member of the North American Mitochondrial Disease Consortium (NAMDC). Her research focuses on conducting natural history studies with an emphasis on longitudinal objective measures for mitochondrial disease. Here, she shares her start in rare disease research, exciting discoveries, and future goals.