Lab Rat Chat

21. Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month

May 04, 2021 Lab Rat Chat Season 1 Episode 21
Lab Rat Chat
21. Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month
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Show Notes

Lab Rat Chat - Episode 21 with Rebecca Welch and Kody Jernigan

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May is Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month! In this episode of Lab Rat Chat, Danielle and Jeff chat with Rebecca Welch, a lab animal vet at West Virginia University and Kody Jernigan, her husband, who is living with cystic fibrosis.   The two of them provide a really unique perspective on the role of animals in biomedical research, specifically towards developing therapeutics and hopefully one day, a cure, for cystic fibrosis.   Everyone will want to listen to this episode - you will learn everything you need to know about this disease and feel compelled to share it with others.  In honor of CF Awareness Month, please consider a donation to one of the organizations below who are dedicated to advancing research and helping those with CF live longer and more comfortable lives.

Topics discussed in this episode:

  • Background information and exactly how cystic fibrosis affects the body of those living with the condition
  • Some of the many incredible advancements that have been made over the last few decades
  • A day in the life of someone with cystic fibrosis and what their treatment regimen entails
  • How animals have played a crucial role in the development of new therapeutics and how they continue to provide hope for an eventual cure 

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Cystic Fibrosis Research Institute - Research - Education - Advocacy - Support (

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation | CF Foundation

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