Ode to a Cure

By Sara James on June 27, 2020

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Our KCNQ2 Cure pal Dr. Phillip Pearl is on the front lines of the battle against COVID-19.
Dr. Pearl is the Director of Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology at Boston Children’s Hospital and a professor of neurology at Harvard University.

He’s also a celebrated jazz musician.

When I spoke to him recently, I asked him if music helps him find a way through these challenging times. He answered me – on the piano.

We knew we had to share this special performance. For the kids. For the parents. For us all.
Thanks, Phil! Can’t wait to hear you in person, soon.

I also asked Phil how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting patients with genetic epilepsy and their families. Here’s what he had to say

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Sara James

Sara is an Emmy award-winning correspondent who covers Australasia for the US Today Show. Before moving to Australia in 2008, Sara reported for Dateline NBC on the Taliban of Afghanistan, modern slavery in Sudan, the Bosnian War Crimes Tribunal, and 9/11 in her hometown of New York. Sara also served as substitute anchor on the Today Show news desk. An American in Oz is her third book. Sara’s fortnightly featured commentary by the same name debuts on ABC News Breakfast in January. She and her Australian husband Andrew Butcher live in the Macedon Ranges near Melbourne with their two daughters.


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