Friday Sep 08, 2023

#253 Inborn Errors of Immunity with Felicia Morton and Torry Howell

In this episode we are discussing inborn errors of immunity, with a particular focus on chronic granulomatous disease (CGD). Joining us for this episode is rare disease advocate, Felicia Morton, and genetic counselor, Torry Howell. 


Felicia Morton, is the Founder and Executive Director of the CGD Association of America. Felicia has been a well-known advocate for the CGD community for more than a decade armed with her family’s personal experience. 


Torry Howell, is a clinical genomic liaison at Blueprint Genetics. She received her Master of Science in Genetic Counseling from the University of Texas and MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.

On This Episode We Discuss:

  • Inborn errors of immunity (IEIs) and types of conditions that fall under this umbrella term
  • Genetic testing for IEIs and how earlier diagnosis can impact a patient’s treatment decisions
  • Chronic granulomatous disease (CGD)
  • Felicia’s personal experience as a carrier of CGD and parent of a son with CGD
  • Stem cell treatment for CGD
  • The importance of collaboration between patients, caregivers, advocacy groups, and medical experts in improving the lives of those affected by CGD and IEIs


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