May 14, 2020
In the 1950s, most kids with cystic fibrosis died in childhood. Today, things are a lot different. One SickKids patient, Mac Robertson, isn’t just surviving, he’s thriving. He’s a strong, six-foot teenager. He plays elite baseball. And, some days, he forgets he even has it. So, how’d we get here? And what does SickKids have to do with it?
- News report courtesy of CTV
- Dr. Felix Ratjen is the H.E. Sellers Chair in Cystic Fibrosis
- Cystic Fibrosis Canada
- Dr. Myroslava Romach and Dr. Edward Sellers
- Jagle Bash
Transcripts and Show Notes
Read the thrilling story of the discovery of the CF gene in Nature
Learn more about the SickKids Program for Individualized CF Therapy (CFIT)
For an in-depth history of SickKids, read SickKids: The History of the Hospital for Sick Children
Read more about the fight over CF drug prices
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About the Host: Hannah Bank
As a SickKids Foundation writer, Hannah works closely with world-renowned SickKids scientists, physicians, and researchers, turning dense medical jargon into engaging content about the latest research and treatments for kids. She’s inspired by the hope and perseverance of young patients and their families, a fantastic team of colleagues, and her three young girls at home.
1989 news clip about the discovery of the CF gene at SickKids