By Benjamin Forred
This is CoRDS Cast, a rare disease podcast created by the team at Sanford Research. Our rare disease registry, CoRDS, connects patients and researchers everywhere. Here, you'll hear interviews with patients, patient advocates, physicians, and researchers to raise awareness about the 7,000 rare conditions affecting 1 in 10 people worldwide.
Episode 36 - Cystinosis Research Foundation
We are starting off September with a very inspiring story of two fathers who have children with Cystinosis. On this episode of CoRDS cast, Alyssa sits down with Clay Emerson and Stephen Jenkins. Clay is a father to 6 year old Brooke who was diagnosed with Cystinosis at just 16 months. Stephen is a father of two sons diagnosed with Cystinosis, Sam and Lars. Cystinosis is a rare genetic metabolic disease that causes the amino acid, cysteine, to accumulate within the body’s cells. The build-up can cause damage to the tissues and organs including the kidney, eyes, muscles, liver and brain. Tune in to hear about the journey that Clay and Stephen took to become strong advocates for their children and for the community.
September 1, 2021
Episode 35 - Gene DDX3x
On this episode of CoRS Cast, Polly sits down with Robin Henry who is a strong advocate for DDX3x and also has a daughter, Lanie, with this condition. DDX3x Is caused by a spontaneous mutation at conception. This condition Primarily affects girls due to its location on the X-chromosome, though there are affected boys. Robin continues to be a strong advocate for her daughter’s condition and started a Facebook group called Gene DDX3x. For more information regarding this condition you can visit: https://ddx3x.org/
August 9, 2021
Episode 34 - RERE Syndrome
On this episode of CoRDS Cast, Alyssa sits down with Breanna, who is a strong advocate for RERE Syndrome. Breanna’s daughter, Loghan is one of 30 diagnosed in the entire world with this condition. If you would like to follow Loghan and Breanna’s story, you can visit her Facebook page, Learning with Lolo. If your child has been diagnosed with RERE syndrome or you are looking for support, please visit RERE Syndrome on Facebook.
July 1, 2021
Episode 33 - SETBP1 Society
On this episode of CoRDS Cast, Alyssa sits down with Haley Oyler and Lindsey Noonan to discuss the rare conditions their sons have, SETBP1. Haley is the president and founder for the SETBP1 Society which brings awareness to this condition and unites families and researchers. While working with the SETBP1 Society, Haley also has a son with this condition and was diagnosed about 5 years ago with little information out there. Her hard work has paved the way for families to find a diagnosis at a young age. Lindsay has a son with SETBP1 and was diagnosed at 7 months. Due to being diagnoses at such a young age, they were able to start early working on some of the issues that go along with this condition. Because of people like Haley, Lindsey’s son was one of the youngest children diagnosed with SETBP1. This year on June 12th, 2021 the SETBP1 Society will participate in the Virtual Million Dollar Bike Ride. This annual festival brings together rare disease families, friends and supporters to raise funds for rare disease research and to spread awareness of rare disease. For more information please visit: https://www.setbp1.org/mdbr/ If you would like more information on SETBP1, you can visit: www.setbp1.org. Thank you for listening!
May 28, 2021
Episode 32 - NEDAMSS
On this month’s episode of CoRDS Cast, Alyssa sits down with Caroline Yiu. Caroline’s son Alex, was diagnosed with a very rare neurodegenerative disorder called NEDAMSS (Neurodevelopmental Disorder with Regression, Abnormal Movements, Loss of Speech, and Seizures.) This condition is caused by a spontaneous mutation in the IRF2BPL gene. Caroline’s family went on a 10 year journey to find a diagnosis for her son Alex. Caroline is also an advocate for families with children fighting chronic complex medical issues without a diagnosis but also those with rare diseases. For more information on resourses about the challenges of being undaignosed or diagnosed with a rare disorder you can visit: https://www.cureundx.com/. To hear more about Alex’s journey, please visit: https://www.alexsodyssey.com/
May 10, 2021
Episode 31 - Maple Syrup Urine Disease Family Support Group (MSUD FSG)
In today’s episode Alyssa speaks with Karen Dolins who is part of the Maple Syrup Urine Disease Family Support Group (MSUD FSG). Karen is a parent of an individual who has a diagnosis of maple syrup urine disease. Being a registered dietician, she was aware of this condition prior to her child receiving the diagnosis. We will listen to learn how Karen has had such success with her registry along with learning more about this condition.
March 5, 2021
Episode 30 - Tango2 Research Foundation
In this episode of CoRDS Cast, Alyssa interviews David Longman from the Tango2 Research Foundation, and Dr. Michael Sacher, who is a professor in the biology department at Concordia University. TANGO2 itself is a protein coding gene on chromosome 22 (22q11.21). TANGO2 has only recently been identified as a gene that contributes to human disease so there is not yet a deep understanding of the specifics around the underlying pathology and biochemical pathways affected. David is a loving father of a 3 year old who has Tango2. David works closely with researchers such as Dr. Sacher, and does great work with his group to raise money for research and to raise awareness for his son’s condition. To learn more please visit: https://tango2research.org/
February 5, 2021
Episode 29 - Endosalpingiosis Foundation, Inc.
In this episode of CoRDS Cast, Polly sits down with Tabitha Frank, who is the founder of the Endosalpingiosis Foundation, Inc. After Tabitha was told that she had endometriosis and would never be able to have a child, she got pregnant with her son. Complications started to arise after her pregnancy and she would soon be diagnosed with endosalpingiosis. Tabitha will not only discuss her diagnosis on this episode, but will also talk about the mental strain it puts on women who have this condition. Her mission is to spread awareness and advance research for endosalpingiosis. Enjoy!
January 5, 2021
Episode 28 - The Smith-Kingsmore Syndrome Foundation
On this episode of CoRDS Cast, Alyssa sits down with Kristen Groseclose and Dr. Carlos Prada with the Smith-Kingsmore Syndrome Foundation. Smith-Kingsmore Syndrome is a rare condition which is caused by mutations in the MTOR gene (mechanistic target of rapamycin), found at chromosome location 1p36. Kristen is the president of the Smith-Kingsmore Syndrome Foundation and she also has a son who had gone 15 years without receiving a diagnosis. Dr. Prada is a clinical scientist with board certifications in pediatrics, genetics, and biochemical genetics. Due to the advancement of genetic testing and efforts from medical professionals like Dr. Prada, children are being diagnosed at a much younger age. The Groseclose’s family have a hope to build a structure of a foundation that will impact families to come. Enjoy!
December 3, 2020
Episode 27 - Chloe Barnes Advisory Council on Rare Diseases
On this episode of CoRDS Cast, Alyssa sits down with the Chloe Barnes Advisory Council on Rare Diseases. We will be speaking with Erica Barnes who is the co-founder of the organization, Karl Nelson who is a Physician Assistant and also is diagnosed with a rare condition called ectodermal dysplasia, and Dr. Kris Ann Schultz who is a pediatric oncologist at Children’s Minnesota. The Chloe Barnes Advisory Council on Rare Diseases envisions a world where every Minnesota citizen living with a rare disease has access to a timely diagnosis, comprehensive care, and an effective treatment. Their mission is to provide advice on research, diagnosis, treatment, and education related to rare diseases. This will be a very informative episode you will not want to miss! If you have any questions or would like more information on the Chloe Barnes Advisory Council on Rare Diseases, please visit: https://cbacraredisease.org/
November 3, 2020
Episode 26 - Soft Bones, Inc.
On this episode of CoRDS Cast, Alyssa and Polly sit down with Deborah Fowler who is the President and Founder of Soft Bones, Inc. Hypophosphatasia or HPP is a metabolic bone condition that most often affects the development of bones and teeth. The signs and symptoms vary widely, with mild cases causing only dental abnormalities while the more severe types have life-threatening consequences. The hallmark of the disorder is bones that become soft or weakened, causing skeletal deformities, fractures, premature tooth loss and pain. Deborah’s son was diagnosed with Hypophosphatasia at 18 months old and she is a strong advocate for this rare condition. To learn more information, visit: https://www.softbones.org/ We hope you enjoy!
October 5, 2020
Episode 25 - Richard Holl & Transient Global Amnesia
On this episode of CoRDS Cast Alyssa and Polly sat down with Richard Holl who is not only the founder for the TGA project but a patient as well. TGA stands for Transient Global Amnesia which is a sudden temporary episode of memory loss. Richard will dive deep into his condition and describe what life is like living with TGA.
September 14, 2020
Episode 24 - Remember the Girls
Today Alyssa sits down with Taylor Kane. Taylor founded Remember the Girls after learning that more than 50% of female ALD carriers go on to develop physical symptoms--sometimes severe ones, and that many carriers of the other x-linked recessive disorders are similarly affected. Besides running her own advocacy group Taylor is also a carrier of the x-linked disease Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD) and became an advocate for ALD families at a very young age, helping to raise over $200,000 for ALD research. This is a podcast you will not want to miss. Enjoy!
August 6, 2020
Episode 23 - Biotech spotlight: Aldevron
We hear about gene therapies and DNA technologies, but what goes on behind the scenes? What is it like to work in the industry? On this episode of CoRDS Cast, Ben sat down with Dr. James Brown who is Aldevron's Vice President of Corporate Development. Aldevron started in 1998 and is a manufacturing company implementing strategies for expanding DNA, mRNA, antibody, and protein products and production services. Among other things, Aldevron produces many of the inputs that go into gene therapies. Join us as we take a dive into development services and custom manufacturing of nucleic acids, proteins and antibodies that provide companies with essential components for research, clinical and commercial applications. Enjoy!
July 2, 2020
Episode 22 - The White Sutton Syndrome Foundation
On this podcast Alyssa sits down with Josh and Amanda Couch from the White Sutton Syndrome Foundation along with Dr. Reid Sutton. Amanda is the Co-Founder and President of the White Sutton Syndrome Foundation and Josh is both the Creative Director and Secretary of the White Sutton Syndrome Foundation. They are parents of three, the youngest of which has been diagnosed with White Sutton Syndrome. Dr. Reid Sutton is a clinical geneticist and clinical biochemical geneticist at Baylor College of Medicine & Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. In his role as a clinical researcher with the Baylor-Johns Hopkins Center for Mendelian Genomics, he worked with graduate student Janson White on a number of projects, including the description of the spectrum of developmental and health issues in individuals with variants in the POGZ gene, that the Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) has designated “White-Sutton Syndrome”
June 4, 2020
Episode 21 - The PBCers Organization
In this episode, Alyssa and Polly sat down with Carol Roberts from the PBCers Organization. You'll hear Carol share information on her organization and her journey as a rare disease patient diagnosed with Primary Biliary Cholangitis (PBC) which leads to cirrhosis of the liver. Carol will lead us though her experience as an advocacy leader and a patient. We hope you enjoy!
May 1, 2020
Episode 20 - IamGSD
In this episode, Alyssa speaks with Stacey Reason and Andrew Wakelin with the IamGSD organization. Stacey and Andrew are both diagnosed with one of the muscle GSDs that we cover in this episode, McArdle disease. You'll hear about their advocacy efforts through IamGSD and learn about the diesease from their perspectives as patients. Enjoy!
April 13, 2020
Episode 19 - The Malan Syndrome Foundation
In this episode Alyssa sat down with Christal Delagrammatikas with the Malan Syndrome Foundation, and Dr. Richard Gronostajski who is the Director of the genetics, genomics & Bioinformatics Graduate Program at the University of Buffalo. Christal connected with Dr. Gronostajski which got him involved with Malan syndrome and further research. Here, you'll learn more about Malan syndrome and the efforts behind it as we dive deeper into the pod cast.
March 12, 2020
Episode 18 - Cure VCP Disease, Inc.
In this episode, Alyssa and Polly spoke with Nathan Peck, the founder of Cure VCP Disease, Inc. and with Dr. Chris Weihl, a professor of Neurology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. VCP disease is a complex degenerative disorder that involves multiple aspects ranging from muscle fatigue to dementia. In this discussion, you'll learn about current research, the role and impacts patients have on therapy development, and get to hear from two of the men fighting to raise awareness. Enjoy!
January 8, 2020
Episode 17 - The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
In this episode, Alyssa and Polly interviewed Wendy Giebink and Mallory Kloucek from the South Dakota chapter of NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. While not often discussed, mental illness and rare disease may go hand in hand - especially in cases of depression and anxiety. Here, Wendy and Mallory discuss the free programming offered by NAMI to provide education and counseling to those living with mental illness. Hope comes through talking about struggles, and out of hope comes healing. We hope you enjoy!
December 11, 2019
Episode 16 - Our Odyssey
In this episdode, we met with co-founders, Seth Rotberg and Kristina Wolfe, to discuss their newly founded organization called Our Odyssey. The foundation serves the needs of young adults living with rare and/or chronic conditions. Together, Seth and Kristina have a vision for meeting the overall needs of this niche community within the rare and chronic healthcare space. This is an information packed episode - enjoy! For more information on Our Odyssey, visit them at www.ourodyssey.org.
October 13, 2019
Episode 15 - Cure CMD and Two Rare Mama Bears
In this joint podcast episode, Ben visited with Megan Meyer and Matty Manley, both moms to children living with a congenital muscular dystrophy (CMD). You may know Megan and Matty from their podcast, "Two Rare Mama Bears," and we were so excited when they asked us to do a joint episode! You'll hear discussion about summer weather in the midwest, the flow of events during Rare Disease Week on Capitol Hill, the mission of Cure CMD, and a bit about the CoRDS Registry too. We hope you enjoy this episode - and be sure to subscribe to Matty and Megan's podcast at curecmd.org/podcast.
September 16, 2019
Episode 14, Part 2 - The patient & family perspective: KCNMA1 gene mutations
In this second part of Episode 14, Ben met once again with Dr. Sotirios Keros. On this interview, they were joined by Breteni Morgan-Berg, the mother of Kamiyah, a patient living with a mutation in the KCNMA1 gene. You'll hear a powerful story of a family's life on the diagnostic odyssey, finding a diagnosis, and Breteni's relentless effort to do everything she can for her daughter.
August 30, 2019
Episode 14, Part 1 - KCNMA1 Research and Dr. Sotirios Keros
In part one of this two-part episode, Ben and Alyssa interviewed Dr. Sotirios Keros. He is a passionate pediatric neurologist with a background in neuroscience research. Through his clinical experience, Dr. Keros has become involved in research into a family of disorders related to mutations in the KCNMA1 gene. In this episode, you'll learn about the gene and related disorders, current research in the space, and a unique perspective on patient advocacy from a very passionate physician scientist. Enjoy!
August 1, 2019
Episode 13 - Managing complicated medical records
In this episode, Austin and Ben spent some time with Jaime Husher from Sanford Health's Health Information Management Department. Sanford HIM is responsible for maintaining and distributing each patient's medical record. Jaime provides great insight into working with multiple healthcare systems to retrieve records, making effective requests for information, and ensuring that you have everything you need to take to a new clinic appointment. This episode is packed with great information on a very important topic! Enjoy!
July 1, 2019
Episode 12 - The Alagille Syndrome Alliance
In this episode, Austin and Alyssa speak with Roberta Smith, the President of the Alagille Syndrome Alliance, and Dr. Kamesh Surendran of Sanford Research. Alagille Syndrome is a devastating rare genetic disorder that affects multiple organ systems. Roberta is both a parent of a child affected by Alagille Syndrome, and a tireless advocate who brings a refreshing perspective on advocacy for rare disorders. Dr. Surendran leads a team of researchers at Sanford who study developmental biology. One of the main projects of his laboratory is investigating the genetics behind Alagille Syndrome, and they seek to learn more about the kidney phenotype of the disorder. There is a ton of information in this installment of CoRDS Cast - enjoy!
June 1, 2019
Episode 11 - NIH/NCATS RaDaR Toolkit
In this episode, Austin and Ben interviewed Dr. Eric Sid at the NIH's National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) in the Office of Rare Disease Research. His team has been busy working on a toolkit that rare disease patients or patient groups can use as a guide while navigating their course in developing a registry for their communities. This is a valuable resource for advocacy groups of any size and is worth checking out! The toolkit went live on Rare Disease Day 2019 and can be found here: https://registries.ncats.nih.gov. Thanks for listening, and enjoy this episode of CoRDS Cast!
May 1, 2019
Episode 10 - The Cornelia de Lange Syndrome Foundation
In this episode, Austin and Alyssa interviewed Bonnie Royster, the Executive Director of the CdLS Foundation, and Dr. Rich Haaland, who serves as the Chair of the CdLS Foundation Research Committee. You'll learn about the condition, some of the research activities currently going on, and hear from Bonnie and Rich on what the CdLS Foundation does to serve families affected by the syndrome. Enjoy!
April 1, 2019
Episode 9 - All Things Kabuki - Rene King & Dr. Olaf Bodamer
Austin interviews the President & Founder of All Things Kabuki, Rene King, to learn more about the condition and what the group does to raise awareness and advocate for families living with Kabuki Syndrome. Joining them in the interview is Olaf Bodamer, MD PhD FACMG FAAP. Dr. Bodamer is the Director of the Roya Kabuki Program at Boston Children's Hospital and leads a team of dedicated scientists and professionals to nurture a better understanding of the disease and develop treatments to better the lives of Kabuki patients.
March 1, 2019
Episode 8 - Klippel-Feil Syndrome Freedom & Philip Giampietro, MD, PhD
In this episode, Austin interviews Sharon Rose Nissley and Emily Lemiska from Klippel-Feil Syndrome Freedom about life with Klippel-Feil Syndrome and becoming patient advocates. The group is also joined by Dr. Philip Giampietro, a medical geneticist and researcher, who has worked closely with both Sharon and Emily in their efforts to draw more of a research focus to Klippel-Feil Syndrome. Thanks again for listening - enjoy!
February 1, 2019
Episode 7 - The Hypersomnia Foundation
Happy New Year from the CoRDS team! In this episode we interviewed Diane Powell, the CEO and board chair of the Hypersomnia Foundation. We also caught up with Dr. Lynn Marie Trotti, a sleep specialist and hypersomnia researcher. Together, they're working to uncover the cause of the disorder and improve the lives of everyone living with idiopathic hypersomnia. Enjoy!
January 1, 2019
Episode 6 - The National Ataxia Foundation and Ataxia Research
In this episode, Alyssa and Austin interview Sue Hagen from long time CoRDS partner, the National Ataxia Foundation. You'll also hear from Lauren Moore, an ataxia researcher at the University of Michigan. Enjoy!
November 30, 2018
Episode 5 - The International WAGR Syndrome Association & Dr. Kevin Francis
In this episode of CoRDS Cast we interview John Morris from the International WAGR Syndrome Association and learn about the great work his group is doing to raise money for research and to raise awareness for his daughter's disease. Later, we had the chance to speak with Dr. Kevin Francis about the rare disease research being done in his laboratory and to hear about his WAGR Syndrome studies.
October 31, 2018
Episode 4 - The Finish Line Fund and Dr. Peter Vitiello
In this episode, we interview Dan Brendtro, a passionate father who began raising money by running marathons for his daughter, who has been diagnosed with Friedreich's ataxia. His path to launching The Finish Line Fund led him to a researcher studying FA right in his home town, Dr. Peter Vitiello. We were fortunate to sit down with both men and ask them about the project and how the experience has shaped their hopes for the future. Enjoy!
September 27, 2018
Episode 3 - Noah's Hope & Research Involving Animals
In this episode of CoRDS Cast, we sit down with Jennifer VanHoutan from Noah's Hope to hear about their work in Batten Disease advocacy and sponsored research. You'll also hear from Sanford's own Dr. Jill Weimer about her Batten Disease research program and about how animals play a role in finding answers and developing treatments. Enjoy!
August 31, 2018
Episode 2 - Part 2
In episode 2, we sit down with a handful of attendees at the 2018 Professional Patient Advocates in Life Sciences (PPALS) certificate training course held earlier in the summer. In part 2 of this episode, you'll hear interviews with Seth Rotberg from the Huntington Disease Youth Organization, Olivia Montano from the PROS Foundation, and Rob Long & Brett Brackett from Uplifting Athletes.
August 1, 2018
Episode 2 - Part 1
In episode 2, we sit down with a handful of attendees at the 2018 Professional Patient Advocates in Life Sciences (PPALS) certificate training course held earlier in the summer. In part 1 of this episode, we interview Erin Hill from the Muscular Dystrophy Association and two of the PPALS event organizers, Jean Campbell and David La Greca.
August 1, 2018
Introduction to the CoRDS Registry, Sanford Research, and an interview with the man behind it all, Dr. David Pearce.
July 6, 2018