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. 

Headshot of Mark Rudolph
May 17, 2022

Mark Rudolph serves as president of the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation (DMRF), a patient advocacy group that supports individuals and families affected by dystonia. The dystonias are a large group of movement disorders causing uncontrollable, sometimes painful, involuntary muscle contractions, resulting in repetitive shaking, turning, and twisting of affected body parts. Here, he shares his journey to rare disease advocacy, impactful work by the DMRF, and collaboration with the Dystonia Coalition (DC).

Laboratory technician looks through a microscope in a medical laboratory
May 16, 2022

New research: Predicting drugs and chemicals that may induce porphyric attacks in patients with acute hepatic porphyrias; Expanding the spectrum of NFS1-related mitochondrial disorders; Novel biallelic NRROS variants associated with severe neurodegeneration