Dr J C Pompe

Dr J C Pompe
Discoverer of Pompe disease

About this blog

What you can read here is the story of the development of enzyme replacement therapy (ERT), the first effective treatment for Pompe disease. It is an incredible story, rich with events, characters and science. Above all, it is the story of an international community of scientists, doctors, patients and companies, working together towards a common goal.

It is not a story that features in Geeta Anand's book, The Cure , or the film based on it, Extraordinary Measures despite the fact that they are ostensibly about the development of ERT for Pompe ( you can link straight to the relevant articles covering the events described in the book and film here, here and here).

This blog represents my small attempt to set the record straight and to give the story back to its rightful owners - the international Pompe community. It is written here in roughly chronological order i.e. you'll need to start at the bottom of the April 2009 archive page and work your way up.

It is also a personal account and, although I've tried to make it as objective as possible, there is an inevitable degree of subjectivity. For that reason I have included contributions from other members of the worldwide Pompe community and would be delighted to receive more. Feedback is also welcome.

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Thursday, 21 January 2010

A break from our normal schedule

One of the things I really hoped to do with this blog was to include the perspectives of other members of the international Pompe community. I am therefore delighted to say that I now have a number of contributions that I will be posting to the blog. I to begin with I have contributions from Tiffany House (of the AMDA and IPA) and Maryze Schoneveld van der Linde (of the VSN and IPA). Both people with stories to tell and who were (and are) in a good position to observe events.  I thank them both for their excellent contributions and encourage others to contribute their own.

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