Gold Stars

By Sara James on October 21, 2021

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A huge shout out to all our friends in the KCNQ2 Community for making the 2021 KCNQ2 Cure Virtual Summit such a smashing success.

We are thrilled so many of you could participate live on Friday and Saturday, October 15 and 16. We’re excited to report that we had 125 people join our summit from twenty states across the US and twenty-five countries around the world. Talk about commitment! Please take a bow.

We also want to thank our fabulous presenters. It’s been ten years since that foundational paper that recognized what we now call KCNQ2-DEE. We’ve come a long way. It was thrilling to hear the latest ground-breaking research from global leaders who joined us from Europe, America, Australia, and New Zealand. Some of you stayed up very late or got up extra early to join us. We know that you are all busy people doing important science. We hope you know how much we appreciate your effort to fill us in on what you’re doing. Please accept our (virtual) Gold Stars!

Several of you stayed on after your presentations to answer questions from our families in the chat room even as the summit rolled on. Talk about above and beyond! It occurs to us that this is what makes a summit magic – the opportunity for connection between experts and families. While we miss being in the same place, we celebrate the way in which we managed to accomplish togetherness in a virtual setting.

We know that not all of you could join us on the day. And we know some who did join want to watch a particular keynote a second time. Or even a third. Happy to say, we’ve got you covered.

We are posting ALL the keynotes individually. This gives you greater flexibility to watch exactly what is most important to you. It might take a few days to get all of them loaded, but it will happen soon. We had a LOT of great content (watch presentations HERE), and it takes a little time to upload everything onto the website.

We also want to thank the team at 5Stream in Australia for handling the technological side of things. The time difference meant you had to stay up all night long to get the job. (Gold stars for you, too!)

At KCNQ2 Cure, we are committed to helping children around the world with this devastating disorder. This summit is a chance to bring you up to date. We look forward to seeing you in person next year. Until then, we will share more great content via Zoom.

And that leaves us with one final thank you – to Professor Ingrid Scheffer in Australia for snapping that great picture of our KCNQ2 Cure 2021 Summit in action.

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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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