The scientist that flies high
The Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome (HGPS) is a rare disease that affects 1 in 18 million newborns. Sammy Basso, is studying Natural Sciences in Italy but he’s rapidly becoming one of the world’s experts in Progeria (*), which is a disease that also affects him. Starting from his own life experience, Basso will describe what living with progeria means, which are the “normal” things of his life and which are the “less normal” ones. In addition, Basso will discuss the reasons for studying HGPS and the other fields of interest that are related to this disease, which is a “premature aging disease”. The talk will present the state-of-the art research and the clinical trials that are being carried out on HGPS patients, focusing also on the prospect of a possible genetic cure based on the CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing technology.
(*) Sammy Basso’s most recent publication in Nature Medicine (accessible from within CERN): https://doi.org/10.1038/s41591-018-0338-6