Seeking a RaPiD cure for rare diseases in children

Seeking a RaPiD cure for rare diseases in children

In Canada, approximately one in every 50 children is affected by at least one rare disease
June 5, 2015

Ten-year-old Sienna Knapp has a rare form of epilepsy that can cause prolonged — and possibly lethal — seizures.

Dr. Kym Boycott, a clinical geneticist at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, is receiving support for the. Through CFI funding, her lab has acquired an advanced genome Research Program for Rare Pediatric Diseases (RaPiD) sequencer that is helping a nationwide network of doctors and researchers look for the genetic causes of rare diseases affecting children like Sienna.

The University of Ottawa received more than $28 million to support a range of research infrastructure projects, including Dr. Boycott’s RaPiD program.

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