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Podcast Episode 3: Free educator guide; Dopamine & reversing Autism behaviors + more

August 23, 2021
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The Aug. 23, 2021, episode of the Foundation’s “A Close Look at Sanfilippo” podcast spends 10 minutes (and a little more in this episode) diving into five hot topics regarding Sanfilippo Syndrome, a rapidly degenerative disease in children currently with no FDA-approved treatment.

In this episode Glenn O’Neill, president and co-founder of Cure Sanfilippo Foundation, talks about publication of a guide for educators and therapists about the important role they play in supporting neurocognitive function and quality of life in children with neurodegenerative diseases and how they can best serve these children in the educational setting, during normal and extenuating circumstances.

Read the White Paper:Advancing the Understanding of Special Education and Therapeutic Needs of Children with Neurodegenerative Disorders.”

Read the full open-access academic paper:Issues of COVID-19-related distance learning for children with neuronopathic mucopolysaccharidoses.”

Special guest Dr. Cara O’Neill, Foundation Chief Science Officer and co-founder, joins to talk about publication of Foundation-supported research that found impacting a specific part of the dopamine pathway reverses and rescues some Autism behavior symptoms (such as hyperactivity, repetitive movements, and socialization) in Sanfilippo Syndrome (MPS III) and Hunter’s Syndrome (MPS II). She shares how follow-up research will look to identify specific drugs that will help impact the dopamine pathway, with reduced side effects, as well as investigate how abnormal heparan sulfate impacts growth factor signaling and other factors in Sanfilippo. All with the hope of this research leading to a clinical trial that will improve the quality of life of children with Sanfilippo.

Glenn finishes up talking about Abeona Therapeutics’ encouraging news about MRI imaging data of brain volume in children treated with its gene therapy; the families from around the world reaching out to the Foundation constantly and our gratitude at the ability to provide them with information, support in navigating the landscape, and most importantly … hope; and a resource uniquely for fathers coping and living with a terminal diagnosis of their child.

Listen to this episode of “A Close Look at Sanfilippo” at your convenience on Facebook, Instagram, or YouTube.

A Close Look At Sanfilippo” is a regular 10-minute podcast from Cure Sanfilippo Foundation. Each episode spotlights five hot topics in the pursuit of finding a treatment and giving children with Sanfilippo more good days. And how the Foundation is involved and how it accelerates the mission to get an FDA-approved treatment for the children.

Each “A Close Look At Sanfilippo” podcast is a way for partner families, donors and supporters, researchers and clinicians, and industry partners to hear directly from us. One that you can listen to at your convenience.

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