Co-founder/CEO of Sano Genetics. Researcher in genomics and rare disorders.
EP 45 Steff Di Pardo on Ankylosing Spondylitis and Instagram as a support network for health communities
September 2nd, 2020 | 23 mins 22 secs
ankylosing spondylitis, chronic health, health
This week we talk to Steff Di Pardo, a patient advocate and writer who has Ankylosing Spondylitis - which is a chronic autoimmune disease. She talks about the long road to diagnosis, how she started opening up about her condition to friends and family on Facebook, and her decision to bring her refreshing honesty to a wider audience with her blog, Totally Chronic.
EP 44 Bringing preventive health to 8 billion people: Peter Würtz from Nightingale Health on their pioneering blood testing platform
August 19th, 2020 | 39 mins 28 secs
We talk to Peter about their work with the UK Biobank, including recent research that shows their blood test could be used predict severe COVID19 well before onset of symptoms.
EP 43 Diversity in clinical research and COVID19's impact on people with immune conditions with Dr Sonya Abraham.
August 5th, 2020 | 43 mins 23 secs
Sonya Abraham is a clinical senior lecturer in rheumatology and a research physician at Imperial College London. We talk to her about BAME representation in clinical research and about her rheumatology research, including the role of the microbiome, and what COVID19 researchers can learn from existing rheumatology research.
EP 42 Tapoka Mkandawire on the gut microbiome, neglected tropical diseases, and the power of citizen science
July 29th, 2020 | 33 mins 51 secs
Tapoka Mkandawire is a PhD student in parasitology & genomics at the Wellcome Sanger Institute. She studies neglected tropical diseases, which affect hundreds of millions of people worldwide but aren't that well known in the UK.
EP 41 Keith McArthur, the rare disease dad who is re-writing the rules in order to find a cure for his son - Live Podcast
July 25th, 2020 | 50 mins 27 secs
genetics, grin, patients, rare disease, research
Keith McArthur is one of the parents re-writing the rules for research in rare disease. Keith is CEO of the CureGRIN foundation, a non-profit backed by the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative. Keith and his co-founder Denise Rehner believe that patients hold the power to accelerate research and drive progress, and that a cure for GRIN Disorders is possible.
July 23rd, 2020 | 34 mins 58 secs
biobank, coronavirus, covid, covid19, genetics, medical research, medicine, research
Professor Sir Rory Collins, Founder and Chief Executive of the UK Biobank, talks to us this week about the origins of this world-changing project that has catalysed a wave of new discoveries in large part by levelling playing field in data access.
Ep 39 How hundreds of scientists from 50 nations are collaborating on Slack to study genetics & COVID19 with Dr Andrea Ganna
July 9th, 2020 | 41 mins 56 secs
covid, covid 19, genetics, research, researchers, virus
Andrea Ganna has been leading COVID19HG, a worldwide effort to understand the role that our genetics plays in COVID-19 infection and severity. In this episode, we discuss some of the group's findings so far and the origins of this initiative, which has now attracted hundreds of researchers from over 50 nations.
EP 38: Big Data in genomics - why we need 'the cloud' and AI to make sense of it all with Dr Maria Chatzou Dunford
June 30th, 2020 | 38 mins 45 secs
ai, big data, data, genetics, lifebit, maria chatzou dunford, the cloud
Genomic data, is big data - so how do we actually make sense of this huge amount of data? And why should we use 'the cloud’ to store and analyse it? We talk to Dr Maria Chatzou Dunford, CEO and Co-Founder of LifeBit, a company that wants to democratise analysis of genetic big data.
June 10th, 2020 | 44 mins 21 secs
coronavirus, covid, covid19, medical research, medicine, research
This week, we look at some of the dramatic changes in the field of medical research as a result of COVID19 making it unsafe for people to visit medical research facilities, and medical professional's time and efforts being redirected to fighting the new virus.
EP 36: Genomics England CEO Chris Wigley & Clinical Lead Richard Scott: sequencing 35,000 people with COVID19, the future of genomic medicine, and why patients are their 'north star'
May 27th, 2020 | 25 mins 18 secs
coronavirus, covid19, genetics, genomics england
Why do some people have a severe response to COVID-19, and others seem to have no symptoms at all? Is the answer in our genes?
This week we talk to Chris Wigley, the CEO of Genomics England and Interim SRO for Data-NHSX, and Dr Richard Scott, the clinical lead for rare disease at Genomics England and consultant clinical geneticist at Great Ormond Street.
If you would like to volunteer for Genomics England's study on COVID19, sign up here: https://www.genomicsengland.co.uk/covid-19/
May 13th, 2020 | 39 mins 56 secs
coronavirus, covid-19, covid19, virus
This week we talk about COVID19 and what it’s really like to have the virus. Adelina Chalmers, who first started experiencing symptoms 8 weeks ago - and was admitted to the hospital 6 weeks ago - talks about how it has been mis-sold as the being just like the flu.
April 29th, 2020 | 28 mins 28 secs
David Rose is a rare disease advocate, an ambassador for Great Ormond Street Hospital, and part of the team at Rare Revolution magazine, an online magazine dedicated to rare disease patients and their voices. He’s the only known person in the UK to have occipital horn syndrome and he tells us what it’s like to live with a rare disease - and why we should all be more aware of rare disease as a whole.
EP 33: Kat Arney on cancer research, epigenetics, and helping launch the ZOE app in the COVID19 crisis
April 15th, 2020 | 48 mins 18 secs
coronavirus, covid-19, covid19, epigenetics, genetics, genetics unzipped
This week, Patrick talks to Kat Arney - a geneticist and science writer demystifies genetics on her fortnightly Genetics Unzipped podcast. They discuss the difference between the male and female response to coronavirus and her work on the COVID19 tracking ZOE app.
EP 32: DNA sequencing to find our roots and solve cold cases, the ethics of DNA databases with Debbie Kennett
April 1st, 2020 | 44 mins 55 secs
dna, genealogy, genetics
Through combining genealogy with DNA testing, more can be discovered about family relationships - making it a powerful tool for reuniting families, and even solving cold cases. This week, Patrick interviews Debbie Kennett - a genetic genealogist at the forefront of the field.
EP 31: COVID-19 - the human response to the virus, and what the future may hold with Columbia University Virologist Dr Angela Rasmussen
March 20th, 2020 | 46 mins 44 secs
coronavirus, covid-19, covid19, genetics, virologist, virus
EP 30: Patient powered research networks - the future of medical research with Jillian Hastings Ward
March 17th, 2020 | 40 mins 39 secs
drug repurposing, genetics, medical research, rare disease, research
Today, Jillian Hastings Ward is a leader in the 100,000 genomes project, but she and her family started off as one of the first families whose DNA was sequenced by the project in 2015.