Loss of Function & Autism

Episode 12: Loss of Function & Autism

What is the relationship between loss of function SCN2A mutations and autism? How can studying SCN2A mutations teach us about cellular mechanisms underpinning autism? To help answer these questions we talk to A Prof Kevin Bender from UCSF Center for Integrative Neuroscience.

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

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Guest interview:

Assistant Professor Kevin Bender head up the Bender Lab team at University of California, San Francisco Center for Integrative Neuroscience. His recent research interests have included loss of function SCN2A mutations and the cellular mechanisms via which these mutations can result in autism.

You can follow A Prof Bender on Twitter: @NeuroBender

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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