About the Episode

Sue Slaugenhaupt, PhD, is the inaugural scientific director of Mass General’s Research Institute. She began at Mass General in the early 1990s and has spent her whole career focused on understanding two rare diseases: familial dysautonomia (FD) and mucolipidosis type IV (ML4). She tackled the challenges of building a thriving scientific career at the same time she was building her family, and in this episode she discusses how she is now working to pay it forward and change the culture of scientific research for the better.

About the Guest

Sue Slaugenhaupt, PhD: Scientist, Mom, Leader

As the scientific director of the Mass General Research Institute, Susan A. Slaugenhaupt, PhD, leads the hospital’s strategic initiative to support the entire research enterprise and to foster and sustain medical innovation. Her team works to promote science at Mass General by increasing interactions with industry, fundraising and promoting Mass General research to the community.

Dr. Slaugenhaupt is also a professor in the Department of Neurology and Harvard Medical School and an investigator in the Center for Genomic Medicine. She spearheads several programs and educational initiatives, including a thriving undergraduate summer internship program. She co-directs the Partners Biobank at Mass General, which strives to speed the translation of research discoveries into improved clinical care for patients.

Discoveries in her lab have led to the successful implementation of critical population screening for FD and ML4 and to the development of an innovative treatment for FD. This exciting work has led to a clinical trial of the first therapeutic for FD aimed at altering the molecular defect.

Dr. Slaugenhaupt was named one of the Top Ten Women to Watch in Science and Technology by the Boston Business Journal in 2016.

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