Episode 17

Published on:

4th Sep 2021

Real Progress in the Search for a Treatment

Progress. All rare disease parents want to see progress in the search for a treatment for their child. In the past two years, Sanath has worked diligently to make that progress happen and it is beginning to pay off.

When we started Raising Rare, our goal was to follow the story of baby Raghav and his parents Sanath and Ramya. A second goal was to help other rare parents learn from their journey. One part of this journey is the process of scientific research.

Two years ago, Sanath had no exposure to this process and even had to look up the definition of a gene. In this episode, he sounds like a seasoned researcher. He takes us from where they started, hoping to repurpose an existing drug, through the first few treatments they tried, and finally to the program they have established to look at the potential of thousands of medicines. It is a high-throughput screening program that will help them determine whether any of these medicines will help Raghav’s cells grow.

We even discuss how artificial intelligence is transforming the way that these types of experiments can be run.

Oh, how far he has come.

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About the Podcast

Raising Rare
Imagine the excitement of becoming a new parent and then within hours finding out your child has a serious developmental disorder.

That is exactly where Sanath Kumar Ramesh found himself in the summer of 2018. One year later, on his son’s first birthday, they found out that their son, Raghav, had an extremely rare mutation of the GPX4 gene. At the time, doctors told them that Raghav may be the only one on the planet with this genetic variant who had lived beyond one month of life. The prognosis is completely unknown.

They were alone.

They were scared.

And then they went into action.

And now they want to share their story.

Every couple of weeks Raising Rare will give you an update on baby Raghav as he grows up. We will also share how Sanath and his wife Ramya are driving toward a treatment for their son. We will explore the science that Sanath is initiating, their efforts to fund that research, and the people they meet along the way. We will also hear how the family adjusts to challenges and changes that they are faced with. Most importantly, we will share the wisdom they gain along the way so that other Rare Parents can learn from their steps and missteps.

We don’t know where this story will go. We do know we want you to join us for the journey.
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About your hosts

Sanath Kumar Ramesh

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Kevin Freiert

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