Models in Rare Diseases

Episode 11: Models in Rare Diseases

Why are models needed to assess and develop treatments in rare diseases? What types of models are there? When are different models used? To help answer these questions we talk to Dr Snezana Maljevic from The Florey Institute for Neuroscience and Mental Health.

Hosted by Kris Pierce and David Cunnington, parents of Will, who has SCN2A.

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Guest interview:

Dr. Snezana Maljevic is a Senior Research Fellow in the  Ion Channels and Human Diseases Laboratory at The Florey Institute for Neuroscience and Mental Health. Dr Maljevic has been working on ion channels and genetic epilepsies for the last 10 years, in Germany prior to joining the team at The Florey. 

You can follow Dr Maljevic on Twitter: @SnezNM

Regular Hosts:

Ms Kris Pierce RN MHSc MWellness, is a rare disease advocate and mother to Will who has SCN2A. Kris has held a range of board, project management, advocate and consumer representative roles and has been instrumental in working with local, state and federal governments to secure funding for multi-million dollar projects. Kris is highly skilled in building teams to work together collaboratively and is a co-founder of Genetic Epilepsy Team Australia (GETA) and SCN2A Australia, and a RARE Global Advocacy Leadership Council member.

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Dr David Cunnington is a sleep physician and father to Will who has SCN2A. He is director of Melbourne Sleep Disorders Centre, and co-founder and contributor to SleepHub. David trained in sleep medicine both in Australia and at Harvard Medical School in the United States. David’s clinical practice covers all areas of sleep medicine and he is actively involved in training health professionals in sleep. David is a regular commentator on sleep, both in traditional and social media.
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