Hudson Freeze joins experts to discuss testing to help CAD-affected children

| Written by Susan Gammon
Hudson Freeze, Ph.D. at his desk in his office

Hudson Freeze joined an international panel of genetics experts on CAD deficiency: Beyond the genetics—a podcast offered by the Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease.

The researchers shared how clinical and functional genomics tests can accelerate the diagnosis of CAD-deficient patients and enable their timely treatment with uridine, a nutritional supplement that has dramatically improved the lives of other children with the condition.

"The effect of uridine for some children with CAD deficiency is nothing short of amazing. These kids go from bedridden to interacting with people and moving around," says Freeze, Ph.D., director of the Human Genetics Program at Sanford Burnham Prebys. 

CAD deficiency is a congenital disorder of glycosylation (CDG), an umbrella term for more than 170 disorders caused by mutations that impair glycosylation; the complex process by which cells build long sugar chains that attach to proteins called glycoproteins.

These tests allow us to identify CAD genetic variants, and to help affected children get the best treatment possible," adds Freeze.

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