Boston Children’s Hospital Holds Contest

New England Council member Boston Children’s Hospital is hosting a competition to solve the medical mysteries of five patients. Twenty-six teams from around the world are competing in the contest known as CLARITY (Children’s Leadership Award for the Reliable Interpretation and Appropriate Transmission of Your Genomic Information) Undiagnosed.

In the contest, each team was given the DNA sequencing and medical information of the participating patients. The teams will then put together a report on their findings and a treatment plan. The winner will receive $25,000. The CLARITY program has existed since 2012 and functions as a part of the Manton Center for Orphan Disease Research at Boston Children’s. The winning team will be announced at the Global Pediatric Summit in November.

The co-organizer of CLARITY Alan Beggs explained the need for the program stating, “There are more than 7,000 rare or ‘orphan’ diseases, so it’s quite common for a patient’s physician to have never seen similar care. Families can go for years without a diagnosis, feeling isolation and sometimes despair. The promise of discovering the genetic basis for their condition allows patients to form communities and physicians to provide accurate prognostic predictions, genetic counseling and appropriate targeted therapies.”

The New England Council praises Boston Children’s Hospital for their efforts in genomic research sequencing.

For more information, see this article in Boston Magazine.

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