For this week’s episode of the “First Opinion Podcast,” I spoke with Priscilla Chan, co-founder and CEO of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, about the urgent need for more single-celled research in pediatrics. Chan broke down the science and reflected on how becoming a parent of two young children has influenced her professional interests, and vice versa. “During Covid, I also asked myself, would I put them in a Covid study? she said. “And I think for me the answer is yes.”
The conversation stems from Chan’s recent first opinion, “Use single-cell biology to shed light on pediatric diseases now in the dark.” She taught in high school and trained as a pediatrician before co-founding CZI with her husband, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, and was inspired to take pediatric research further after working with so many children. with rare diseases. “There are few things more difficult for a doctor to say to a patient than ‘I don’t know what’s wrong’,” she wrote.
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