16 episodes

SickKids VS takes you to the frontlines in the fight for child health. From supermolecules engineered to stop COVID-19 to gene-editing tools that may cure rare diseases, each episode tells the story of a different breakthrough, revealing all the hope and heartache on the road to discovery.

SickKids VS SickKids Foundation

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.7 • 159 Ratings

SickKids VS takes you to the frontlines in the fight for child health. From supermolecules engineered to stop COVID-19 to gene-editing tools that may cure rare diseases, each episode tells the story of a different breakthrough, revealing all the hope and heartache on the road to discovery.

    VS Surgical Mortality: Making Model Hearts—to Save Real Ones

    VS Surgical Mortality: Making Model Hearts—to Save Real Ones

    In surgery, practice makes perfect. But for surgeons operating on tiny hearts with rare defects, that kind of experience can take decades. So, SickKids cardiac radiologist Dr. Shi-Joon Yoo devised a novel solution to speed things up: 3D-printed hearts. What began in a rented office has since blossomed into a fast-growing program, attracting surgeons from around the world to SickKids for expert-led, hands-on surgical training.

    For more information on this episode, visit sickkidsfoundation.com/podcast/surgicaltraining. And to fund research like this, go to sickkidsfoundation.com/donate

    SickKids Foundation is proud to recognize CIBC as the Premier Sponsor of the SickKids VS Podcast.

    • 21 min
    VS Cancer Genetics: Curing Cancer Through Gene Sequencing

    VS Cancer Genetics: Curing Cancer Through Gene Sequencing

    Baby Izaan was in trouble. Despite multiple rounds of chemotherapy, his tumour continued to grow, and time was running out. Izaan’s oncologist, Dr. David Malkin, enrolled him in KiCS: The SickKids Cancer Sequencing Program. The hope? That by analyzing the tumour’s DNA, they could figure out how to stop it.

    For more information on this episode, visit sickkidsfoundation.com/podcast/cancergenetics. And to fund research like this, go to sickkidsfoundation.com/donate.

    SickKids Foundation is proud to recognize CIBC as the Premier Sponsor of the SickKids VS Podcast.

    • 17 min
    VS Food Allergy: The Promise of Low-Dose Oral Immunotherapy

    VS Food Allergy: The Promise of Low-Dose Oral Immunotherapy

    Ryan is severely allergic to peanuts. Like, hives-blossoming, throat-closing, get-me-epinephrine-now kind of allergic. But as part of a clinical trial at SickKids, which could change the course of allergy treatment, he now eats a tiny dose of the stuff every night. That’s because peanuts—the very food that could kill him—might also be the key to protecting him.

    WARNING: Please do not try this without the close supervision of a doctor.

    For more information on this episode, visit sickkidsfoundation.com/podcast/foodallergy . And to fund research like this, go to sickkidsfoundation.com/donate

    SickKids Foundation is proud to recognize CIBC as the Premier Sponsor of the SickKids VS Podcast.

    • 21 min
    VS Duchenne: Editing DNA to Cure Disease

    VS Duchenne: Editing DNA to Cure Disease

    First, Gavriel’s muscles got weaker. Then, he lost the ability to walk. From there, things will only get worse. The cause is Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a genetic disorder with no cure. But that might soon change. Using CRISPR, a state-of-the-art gene-editing tool, SickKids scientists were able to correct the disease-causing mutation in mice. The result? Improved muscle strength and function—and no signs of paralysis. Now, they’re refining their approach, so they can take this treatment out of the lab and into the world.

    For more information on this episode, visit sickkidsfoundation.com/podcast/duchenne. And to fund research like this, go to sickkidsfoundation.com/donate

    SickKids Foundation is proud to recognize CIBC as the Premier Sponsor of the SickKids VS Podcast.

    • 19 min
    VS Pandemics and Pathogens: Creating Supermolecules to Fight HIV/AIDS, Malaria, and COVID-19

    VS Pandemics and Pathogens: Creating Supermolecules to Fight HIV/AIDS, Malaria, and COVID-19

    For years, SickKids scientist Dr. Jean-Philippe Julien toiled in his lab, harnessing the power of human antibodies to try and neutralize two of the world’s deadliest diseases: HIV/AIDS and malaria. Then, COVID-19 hit, wreaking havoc across the globe. Very quickly, Dr. Julien pivoted, leveraging what he learned to pursue a new mission: making an antibody supermolecule to neutralize SARS-CoV-2, the virus behind COVID-19. If successful, it could radically reshape the way we approach diseases like COVID-19 and malaria—before the next pandemic hits.

    For more information on this episode, visit sickkidsfoundation.com/podcast/pandemic . And to fund research like this, go to sickkidsfoundation.com/donate

    SickKids Foundation is proud to recognize CIBC as the Premier Sponsor of the SickKids VS Podcast.

    • 15 min
    VS Sudden Cardiac Death: Building Better Tests to Save More Lives

    VS Sudden Cardiac Death: Building Better Tests to Save More Lives

    In 1990, 20-year-old rower Heather Cartwright was at the peak of her athletic powers. But as she crossed the finish line during a race that summer, she collapsed and nearly died. The cause? Arrhythmogenic right-ventricle cardiomyopathy, or ARVC—a rare, hereditary disease that can cause sudden cardiac death. Many die not knowing they have it. But thanks to SickKids researchers—and supporters like Heather and her family—a new test can detect this often-invisible disease.

    For more information on this episode, visit sickkidsfoundation.com/podcast/cardiacdeath. And to fund research like this, go to sickkidsfoundation.com/donate.

    SickKids Foundation is proud to recognize CIBC as the Premier Sponsor of the SickKids VS Podcast.

    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
159 Ratings

159 Ratings

kaitlynms925 ,

Informative and Inspiring

Amazing to hear these stories, where we are at and where we are going!

liwhoau ,

Eye opening pediatric experience

It is unbelievable how many of those young children have congenital diseases or struggling with genetic associated diseases. I could never imagine how it is like to be one of them or to be like their family members. There were some touching moments in the Podcast and I have really been enjoying listening from their perspectives. Those stories helped to shape my pediatric care and to really think about individual family strength and incorporate family-centered care in my practice. This Podcast is a great for the public and healthcare providers to learn more about different diagnosis and how that impact on each family.
They brought in the worst, and SickKids bring the best it can. Well done SickKids!

MH.ios ,

Amazing initiative

I like listening to this podcast. Great effort to deliver the news of new breakthroughs. Keep up the good work.

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