Big Ten Network show to feature UI brain research Feb. 7

Beverly Davidson, an internationally recognized expert on inherited diseases and gene therapy and a leader in developing novel therapies for brain disorders, will be featured in an upcoming episode of the Big Ten Network show Impact the World.

The show will air at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 7. Hosted by Dennis Haysbert, the weekly program showcases research discoveries and innovative programs from Big Ten universities that are changing lives in the United States and around the world.

Tuesday’s episode will explore Davidson’s work on Batten disease, an extremely rare and currently incurable brain disorder, and will also highlight the story of the VanHoutan family, who have two children with the condition.

Batten disease affects fewer than 1,000 people worldwide and is caused by a lack of an enzyme in the brain. Davidson and her team at the UI Carver College of Medicine are working to develop a new method to replace the missing enzyme in the brain.

The episode will be rebroadcast at 10 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 9, and 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 12.

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