Episode 9: The State of the TS Alliance



In episode 9 of TSC Now, host Dan Klein talks to Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance President and Chief Executive Officer Kari Luther Rosbeck. They discuss her favorite memories from the organization’s 45th anniversary year in 2019, the major goals and initiatives for the organization in 2020, the newest members of the team, and upcoming events at the TS Alliance. Be sure to sign up for the TS Alliance bimonthly e-newsletter, TSC Matters, to stay up-to-date on everything going on at the TS Alliance throughout the year. You can subscribe to TSC Matters at https://www.tsalliance.org/tsc-matters/.

Want to submit a future episode topic for consideration? Send us an email at tscnow@tsalliance.org.

Upcoming Events

  • March on Capitol Hill, TS Alliance Board and Endowment Board Meeting, and Volunteer Leadership Summit – March 3-5, 2020 in Washington, DC.
  • First Step Forward to Cure TSC Walk – Saturday, April 4, 2020 in AZ.
  • Comedy for a Cure 2020 – Sunday, April 5, 2020 in Los Angeles, CA. Learn more: https://tsalliance.schoolauction.net/comedy2020/
  • Sound Bites Minnesota – Friday, May 8, 2020 in Golden Valley, MN.
  • Newborn Screening Workshop – June 2-3, 2020 in Silver Spring, MD.
  • Regional TSC & Lam Conferences (dates tentative and subject to change)
    • June 20, 2020 – Memphis, TN
    • September 26, 2020 – Gainesville, FL
    • October 24, 2020 – Denver, CO

Resources and Links:


Episode 8: Excerpts from AES and the Current State of Epilepsy Research



In the eighth episode of TSC Now, host Dan Klein catches up with TS Alliance partners at the annual American Epilepsy Society Meeting (AES), the largest gathering on epilepsy in the world, which was held December 6-10 in Baltimore. Seizures remain one of the most common neurological features of TSC, occurring in 85% of individuals with TSC and more than 50% of individuals with TSC who have epilepsy will not respond to standard antiepileptic medications and have intractable epilepsy. Therefore, this meeting was a good opportunity to explore the current state of epilepsy research, what gaps still exist and what’s on the horizon. Continue reading Episode 8: Excerpts from AES and the Current State of Epilepsy Research


Episode 7: Common Parent/Caregiver Challenges and Advocating for Your Health



In the seventh episode of TSC Now, host Dan Klein explores common challenges parents, caregivers and those affected by tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) face when managing their health and seeking care from physicians.

First, he has a conversation with Paul Mullin, MD, Director of Neurology and Epilepsy at Medical Associates of the Hudson Valley (01:22). They discuss the results of a survey conducted by Aquestive Therapeutics on some of the most common challenges parents face when trying to administer medication to children with epilepsy and how new technology can help alleviate some of these challenges. They also talk about what parents and caregivers can do to be proactive in addressing seizures and working with their doctor. Dr. Mullin also shares several online resources where parents can get accurate and reliable information and advice, including the Epilepsy Foundation, the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD), the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) and the LGS Foundation.

Next, Dan talks to Peter Crino, MD, PhD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Neurology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Director of the TSC Center of Maryland, and a member of the TS Alliance Board of Directors (20:12). We discuss the process of transitioning a patient with TSC from pediatric to adult care, some of the challenges associated with that transition, and how parents and those affected can start preparing to mitigate those challenges. We also talked about how adults with TSC can best manage their care and Dr. Crino emphasizes the importance of following the Consensus Guidelines for Diagnosis, Surveillance and Management of TSC to ensure that different manifestations of the disease are being monitored and managed appropriately throughout one’s lifetime. Finally, we discuss the role telemedicine may play in expanding access to TSC experts.

This episode was sponsored by:

Resources:

Epilepsy Foundation website: https://www.epilepsy.com/

NORD website: https://rarediseases.org/

NINDS website: https://www.ninds.nih.gov/

LGS Foundation website: https://www.lgsfoundation.org/

TSC Center of Maryland website: https://www.umms.org/ummc/health-services/neurology/services/tuberous-sclerosis

Consensus Guidelines for Surveillance and Treatment: https://www.tsalliance.org/individuals-families/treatment-guidelines/consensus-guidelines-for-diagnosis-surveillance-and-management-of-tsc/

Transition resources: https://www.tsalliance.org/individuals-families/young-adults/


Episode 6: TSC-Associated Neuropsychiatric Disorders (TAND)



In episode 6 of TSCnow, host Dan Klein talks to Petrus de Vries, MBChB, MRCPsych, PhD, Sue Struengmann Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Capetown in South Africa. They discuss tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC)-associated neuropsychiatric disorders, otherwise known as TAND. TAND refers to a whole spectrum of neurological manifestations of TSC, including aggressive behaviors, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), intellectual disabilities, psychiatric disorders, neuropsychological deficits, as well as school and occupational difficulties. Most people with TSC suffer from one or several of these manifestations and it is often one of the most impacting aspect of the disease for both children and adults affected. They talk about the six levels of TAND (behavioral, intellectual, neuropsychological, psychiatric, academic and psychosocial) and the different manifestations people experience within each level. He also talks about the challenges families and caregivers face when seeking treatment for these manifestations.

In response to the growing need of those affected, Dr. de Vries shares how he worked with other experts at the 2012 Consensus Conference to develop the TAND checklist, a tool to help clinicians identify what aspects of TAND a person is struggling with and develop a personal profile for those affected, and the corresponding consensus guidelines for when and how to use the checklist. He also discusses that, while no two people are affected the same and this uniqueness poses significant challenges for diagnosis and intervention, recent research suggests that there are several TAND “clusters” that those affected generally fall into.

Finally, Dr. de Vries discusses the TANDem Project, an international collaboration of families affected by TSC, researchers and clinicians to provide scientific evidence for greater TAND intervention and treatment. The project is being headed by Drs. de Vries and Anna Jansen at UZ Brussels.

To learn more about TAND visit: www.tsalliance.org/tand

To download the TAND Checklist visit: https://bit.ly/2ObP3wn

To learn more about TAND clusters visit: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29530301

Learn more about the TANDem project here: https://bit.ly/2MkQyqy


Episode 5: TSC Kidney Manifestations & Consensus Guidelines for Surveillance and Treatment



In episode 5 of TSC Now, Dan Klein talks to Dr. John Bissler, MD, Clinic Director of the Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Center of Excellence located at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, Director of Pediatric Nephrology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, and the Medical Director of Nephrology at St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. They discuss common kidney manifestations of tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC), including renal cysts and renal angiomyolipoma (AML). The majority of individuals (greater than 80%) with TSC will develop some form of renal disease during their lifetime and renal-related disease is the most common cause of TSC-related death in adults, so they discuss the consensus guidelines for surveillance and treatment as it relates to kidney manifestations in TSC. They also discuss ongoing research to discover new treatments for AMLs and renal cysts.

To learn more about the kidney manifestations of TSC visit: https://www.tsalliance.org/about-tsc/signs-and-symptoms-of-tsc/kidneys/

To read about the general clinical consensus guidelines visit www.tsalliance.org/consensus. You can also read about the specific renal guidelines for TSC at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27504842.

Finally, to read Dr. Bissler’s paper on the reduction of post-embolization syndrome visit: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11979340.


Episode 4: Educational Issues in TSC and How to Advocate for Your Child in School



In the fourth episode of TSC Now, host Dan Klein talks to Lilian Ansari, MS, Special Needs Advocate, Co-Chair of the TS Alliance of Northern California and Education Parent Mentor. They discuss why she volunteered as an Education Parent Mentor, what types of challenges kids with TSC face in the classroom, and what resources and benefits are available to families under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. She also shares what advice she gives to parents as they are preparing for an Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting, including to record the meeting, take time to review the plan and get everything agreed upon in writing. Finally, she encourages others to volunteer as Education Parent Mentors and provide support in their communities.

If your child is having school issues please call Dena Hook, Vice President of Support Services, at (800) 225-6872 or email her at dhook@tsalliance.org. You may fax documents, such as IEP reports or other correspondence, to Dena at (888) 330-1853.

To learn more about school issues visit: https://www.tsalliance.org/individuals-families/school-issues/

To learn more about the Education Parent Mentor Program and to apply visit: https://www.tsalliance.org/engage/volunteer-opportunities/educator-parent-mentor/


Episode 3: The 2019 International TSC Research Conference



In the third episode of TSC Now, host Dan Klein, Director of Digital Platforms for the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance, talks to the two co-chairs of the 2019 International TSC Research Conference: Changing the Course of TSC. Continue reading Episode 3: The 2019 International TSC Research Conference


Episode 2: Epilepsy in TSC and Laser Ablation Surgery with Dr. Daniel Curry



In the second episode of TSC Now host Dan Klein talks to Dr. Daniel Curry, Director of  Functional Neurosurgery and Epilepsy Surgery at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. They discuss how he became a neurosurgeon, the development of laser ablation as a treatment for epilepsy, what parents need to know about the procedure compared to traditional brain surgery and what they should consider before making the decision to get surgery. We end by discussing what Dr. Curry expects to be the next great breakthroughs in the treatment of epilepsy both in TSC and the general public.

To learn more about Texas Children’s Epilepsy Center visit: https://www.texaschildrens.org/departments/epilepsy-center


Episode 1: TSC Global Day, 45th Anniversary and the Future of TSC Research



Welcome to the debut episode of TSC Now, a podcast from the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance! In this episode Dan Klein, Director of Digital Platforms, talked to Jennifer Flinn from TS Canada ST, Eva Schoeters from Be-TSC in Belgium, and Rahul Vipparthi from the TS Alliance of India about the challenges they face in their countries, TSC Global Awareness Day and how they are spreading awareness of TSC. He also talked to Kari Luther Rosbeck, President and CEO of the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance and Chief Scientific Officer Steve Roberds, PhD, about the organization’s 45th anniversary and history, how Unlock the Cure changed the role of the TS Alliance in driving research and what the future holds for TSC research. Finally, Dan talked to Jill Woodworth, host of TSC Talks, about why she started a podcast, what her future plans are for TSC Talks and what she’s learned through the conversations she has had with her guests.

TS Canada ST: https://www.tscanada.ca/

Be-TSC: http://www.betsc.be/

TS Alliance of India: http://tsa-india.org/

To learn more about the Educational Meeting and International TSC Research Conference in Toronto visit: https://www.tsalliance.org/news/the-2019-international-tsc-research-conference-is-june-20-22-in-toronto/

To read about the TANDem Project visit: https://www.tsalliance.org/international-tand-research-project-awarded-funding/

To read the Executive Summary of the Research Business Plan visit: https://www.tsalliance.org/about-us/

To listen to TSC Talks visit: https://www.spreaker.com/show/jill-mccutchan-woodworths-tracks

Send your questions for the Question and Answer episode to tscnow@tsalliance.org.


Welcome to the Home of TSC Now



TSC Now is the TS Alliance’s podcast series, which features interviews with clinicians, researchers, TS Alliance staff and others on topics like TSC research, epilepsy surgery options, educational advocacy, TSC-associated Neuropsychiatric Disorders (TAND), seizure control and more. Look for new episodes every month and a follow-up question and answer podcast two weeks after the topic episode airs.