Trying To Find More Answers About Tuberous Sclerosis Complex

Trying To Find More Answers About Tuberous Sclerosis Complex By Kathleen Hoffman, PhD, MSPH Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC) is a “rare” genetic disease: According to the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance, Inspire’s community partner, “At least two children born each day will have tuberous sclerosis complex.”1 Classifying a disease that affects a million people worldwide as “rare” doesn’t comfort patients with TSC. Created by mutations in one or two genes, TSC1 and TSC2, its manifestations vary widely depending on the nature of the mutation, which is why it is called “tuberous sclerosis complex.” It’s a complex genetic disorder. It [...]

Accelerating Rare Disease Research

Accelerating Rare Disease Research By Richard Tsai COVID-19 has challenged the non-profit arena’s fundraising arm, which is largely based on face-to-face events like galas, runs and walk-a-thons. This limit on the number and amount of donations has occurred just as rare disease patient organizations have reached a tipping point in their influence on government and industry. According to Malcolm Gladwell, the “tipping point” is “the moment of critical mass, the threshold, the boiling point,” where “ideas...spread like viruses do.” 1In this case, the tipping point refers to the efforts made by rare disease patient organizations to provide [...]