Siddharth Srivastava, MD, is a pediatric neurologist at Boston Children's Hospital specializing in neurogenetics. He is also a member of the Developmental Synaptopathies Consortium (DSC). Dr. Srivastava’s research focuses on neurodevelopmental phenotyping and biomarker discovery in Phelan-McDermid syndrome (PMS), tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC), and PTEN hamartoma tumor syndrome (PHTS). Here, he shares his start in rare disease research, exciting discoveries, and future goals.
The Developmental Synaptopathies Consortium (DSC) is a network of experts studying three rare genetic syndromes—tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC), Phelan-McDermid syndrome (PMS), and PTEN hamartoma tumor syndrome (PHTS)—that often cause autism spectrum disorder and intellectual disability. Here, program manager Rajna Filip-Dhima, MS, and principal investigator Mustafa Sahin, MD, PhD, share the history of the consortium, current research, and future plans.