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Jun 29, 2022| Drug Development, Endocrine Disorders

AZP-3601 in Development to Treat Hypoparathyroidism

Dr. Thierry Abribat, CEO of Amolyt Pharmaceuticals, explains…
Jun 27, 2022| Congenital And Genetic Conditions, Diagnosis

The Past, Present, and Future of Prenatal Screening

Jennifer Saucier, Genetic Counselor Jennifer Saucier discusses noninvasive…
Jun 10, 2022| Diagnosis, Ophthalmology/Eye Diseases

What Is Vernal Keratoconjunctivitis (VKC)?

Dr.  Sherif El-Harazi of the Lugene Eye Institute…
Jun 9, 2022| Advocacy, Congenital And Genetic Conditions, Diagnosis

Do Our Newborn Screening Programs Need Fixing?

Dean Suhr, discusses a recent survey of newborn…
Jun 6, 2022| Congenital And Genetic Conditions, Drug Development

The Use of Genomic Medicines in Rare Diseases

Dr. Gregory Davis, Vice President of Genome Engineering…
Jun 2, 2022| Cancers, Diagnosis, Treatment

Average Time to Diagnose Tenosynovial Giant Cell Tumors (TGCT) Is 17 Months

Tomek Szczudlo, VP, Global Medical Affairs at Daiichi…

CME: Gaucher Disease Research Highlights

This accredited CME activity, led by Gregory Grabowski, MD, Cincinnati College of Medicine, highlights the latest research about Gaucher disease presented at WORLDSymposium 2022.

Type 1 Galactosemia: Significant Unmet Need, Lifelong Complications, and Current Management

Type 1 galactosemia is a rare genetic disease that can be life-threatening in newborns and can lead to lifelong cognitive, neurological, and speech complications, as well as primary ovarian insufficiency in girls and women.

CME: MPS II Research Highlights

This accredited CME activity, led by Barbara Burton, MD, Professor of Pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, highlights the latest research about Mucopolysaccharidosis type II (MPS II; Hunter syndrome) presented at WORLDSymposium 2022.

Type 1 Galactosemia Roundtable Discussion

This roundtable discussion features perspectives from advocates, experts, and families living with Type 1 galactosemia. Galactosemia is a rare genetic disease that can be life-threatening for newborns and cause severe lifelong complications starting as early as the first year of life.

WHIM Syndrome Learning Center

WHIM syndrome is a rare, congenital primary immunodeficiency disorder associated with severe neutropenia that affects all ages. However, due to the heterogeneous presentation of the disease, coupled with lack of awareness of the condition, the diagnosis may be delayed, sometimes even into adulthood.

AADC Deficiency Panel Discussion

AADC deficiency is characterized by a defect in the dopa decarboxylase or DDC gene; this dysfunction leads to reduced production of the critical neurotransmitters dopamine, norepinephrine, epinephrine, and melatonin. As a result, patients with AADC deficiency can suffer deficits in vital motor function.

Aromatic L-Amino Acid Decarboxylase (AADC) Deficiency Learning Center

Aromatic L-amino acid decarboxylase (AADC) deficiency is a rare, genetic disorder that affects the central nervous systems of young patients.

CME: Newborn Screening — From RUSP to Reality

This four-part CME curriculum is focused on Best Practices for Explaining Newborn Screening Results to Parents.This module will provide clinicians with the fundamentals of newborn screening.

Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma Learning Center

Cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL) belongs to the non-Hodgkin lymphoma class of hematologic T-cell lymphoproliferative disorders. It is a rare group of malignancies, with an incidence of 6.4 cases per 1 million people.

Tenosynovial Giant Cell Tumor (TGCT)

Tenosynovial giant cell tumor (TGCT) is a non-malignant tumor involving the joint synovium, bursae, and tendon sheath. These rare tumors are sometimes referred to as giant cell tumor of the tendon sheath (GCT-TS) and/or pigmented villonodular synovitis (PVNS).

Clinical Diversity and Genetic Variation in Lysosomal Disorders

In this CME activity, Drs. Ozlem Goker-Alpan, Gregory Grabowski, and Soumeya Bekri discuss clinical diversity and genetic variation in lysosomal disorders.

CME: Paroxysmal Nocturnal Hemoglobinuria (PNH) Research Highlights

This accredited CME activity highlights the latest information about paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) and provides expert analysis of its clinical relevance for busy members of the care team in order to help them care for patients they may encounter with this rare condition. (PNH)—a rare, acquired blood disease characterized by hemolytic anemia, bone marrow failure, thrombosis, and fatigue.

Highlights on Pyruvate Kinase (PK) Deficiency from the American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting

Rachael Grace, MD, MMSc is featured in this accredited CME activity on the latest information about Pyruvate kinase (PK) deficiency that was presented at the American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting (ASH 2021). PK deficiency is a rare genetic blood disorder characterized by low levels of the enzyme pyruvate kinase, which interrupts the glycolytic pathway causing hemolytic anemia.

CME: New and Emerging Phenotypes in Lysosomal Storage Diseases

This CME activity highlights how modern treatment options for lysosomal storage disorders have created new phenotypes for these once terminal conditions. Understanding the ‘new normal’ for these conditions can help health care providers manage their patients more effectively.

Lysosomal Storage Diseases: Central Symptoms and Comorbidities

In this CME activity, Drs. Ozlem Goker-Alpan and Swati Sathe, MD highlight how symptoms and comorbidities involving the central nervous system have a key role in how physicians manage patients with lysosomal storage disorders. .

Hereditary Angioedema (HAE) Highlights from ACAAI Annual Meeting

Jonathan Bernstein, MD is featured in this accredited CME activity that presentsf the latest information about hereditary angioedema (HAE) that was presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma, & immunology 2021 Annual Scientific Meeting (ACAAI 2021). HAE is a rare genetic disease that results in immunologic attacks that can be life threatening.

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Type 1 Galactosemia: Significant Unmet Need, Lifelong Complications, and Current Management

Type 1 galactosemia is a rare genetic disease that can be life-threatening in newborns and can lead to lifelong cognitive, neurological, and speech complications, as well as primary ovarian insufficiency in girls and women.

WHIM Syndrome Learning Center

WHIM syndrome is a rare, congenital primary immunodeficiency disorder associated with severe neutropenia that affects all ages. However, due to the heterogeneous presentation of the disease, coupled with lack of awareness of the condition, the diagnosis may be delayed, sometimes even into adulthood.

Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma Learning Center

Cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL) belongs to the non-Hodgkin lymphoma class of hematologic T-cell lymphoproliferative disorders. It is a rare group of malignancies, with an incidence of 6.4 cases per 1 million people.

Tenosynovial Giant Cell Tumor (TGCT)

Tenosynovial giant cell tumor (TGCT) is a non-malignant tumor involving the joint synovium, bursae, and tendon sheath. These rare tumors are sometimes referred to as giant cell tumor of the tendon sheath (GCT-TS) and/or pigmented villonodular synovitis (PVNS).

CME: Newborn Screening — From RUSP to Reality

This four-part CME curriculum is focused on Best Practices for Explaining Newborn Screening Results to Parents.This module will provide clinicians with the fundamentals of newborn screening.

Type 1 Galactosemia Roundtable Discussion

This roundtable discussion features perspectives from advocates, experts, and families living with Type 1 galactosemia. Galactosemia is a rare genetic disease that can be life-threatening for newborns and cause severe lifelong complications starting as early as the first year of life.

Current and Emerging Therapies for Lysosomal Storage Disease

Drs. Goker-Alpan and Zimran provide an overview of current and emerging therapies for lysosomal storage diseases in this CME program.

Aromatic L-Amino Acid Decarboxylase (AADC) Deficiency Learning Center

Aromatic L-amino acid decarboxylase (AADC) deficiency is a rare, genetic disorder that affects the central nervous systems of young patients.

Novel Technologies and Emerging Therapies for Precision Medicine

In this CME program, Drs. Shoshana Revel-Vilk and Neil Joseph Weinreb discuss novel technologies and mmerging therapies for precision medicine.

Clinical Diversity and Genetic Variation in Lysosomal Disorders

In this CME activity, Drs. Ozlem Goker-Alpan, Gregory Grabowski, and Soumeya Bekri discuss clinical diversity and genetic variation in lysosomal disorders.

Preclinical Studies and Clinical Trials Towards Individualized Therapies

In this CME program, Drs. Ari Zimran, Gustavo Maegawa, and Nina Raben, MD discuss preclinical studies and clinical trials regarding individualized therapies.

CME: New and Emerging Phenotypes in Lysosomal Storage Diseases

This CME activity highlights how modern treatment options for lysosomal storage disorders have created new phenotypes for these once terminal conditions. Understanding the ‘new normal’ for these conditions can help health care providers manage their patients more effectively.

Lysosomal Storage Diseases: Central Symptoms and Comorbidities

In this CME activity, Drs. Ozlem Goker-Alpan and Swati Sathe, MD highlight how symptoms and comorbidities involving the central nervous system have a key role in how physicians manage patients with lysosomal storage disorders. .

Hereditary Angioedema (HAE) Highlights from ACAAI Annual Meeting

Jonathan Bernstein, MD is featured in this accredited CME activity that presentsf the latest information about hereditary angioedema (HAE) that was presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma, & immunology 2021 Annual Scientific Meeting (ACAAI 2021). HAE is a rare genetic disease that results in immunologic attacks that can be life threatening.

Highlights on Pyruvate Kinase (PK) Deficiency from the American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting

Rachael Grace, MD, MMSc is featured in this accredited CME activity on the latest information about Pyruvate kinase (PK) deficiency that was presented at the American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting (ASH 2021). PK deficiency is a rare genetic blood disorder characterized by low levels of the enzyme pyruvate kinase, which interrupts the glycolytic pathway causing hemolytic anemia.

Panel Discussion: The High Cost of Rare Diseases

Joni Rutter, PhD, Acting Director at the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) and Annie Kennedy, Chief of Policy and Advocacy at the EveryLife Foundation discuss their organizations’ collective studies showing the direct and indirect costs of rare diseases in the United States. 

Panel Discussion: Data Silos Are Hindering Rare Disease Research

Data sharing is a common request in the rare disease community. Unfortunately, the realities of our current research infrastructure make it problematic for researchers to share their data. The net result is a plethora of data silos that can dramatically delay our understanding of diseases, especially ultra-rare diseases, that can lead to treatments.

AADC Deficiency Panel Discussion

AADC deficiency is characterized by a defect in the dopa decarboxylase or DDC gene; this dysfunction leads to reduced production of the critical neurotransmitters dopamine, norepinephrine, epinephrine, and melatonin. As a result, patients with AADC deficiency can suffer deficits in vital motor function.

CME: Paroxysmal Nocturnal Hemoglobinuria (PNH) Research Highlights

This accredited CME activity highlights the latest information about paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) and provides expert analysis of its clinical relevance for busy members of the care team in order to help them care for patients they may encounter with this rare condition. (PNH)—a rare, acquired blood disease characterized by hemolytic anemia, bone marrow failure, thrombosis, and fatigue.