Lysoman

Questions for Emory’s Superhero: Lysoman

What planet is Lysoman from?
I, Lysoman, am from Planet Emoroid.

What are your superpowers?
My superpower is helping people with various types of Lysosomal Storage Diseases.  I hope to grow into another superpower,  the ability to find a cure for their diseases.

How did you discover your superpowers?
On Planet Emoroid, we age differently. We’re born old and grow young. Therefore, we are born with wisdom and knowledge and can use it throughout our lifetime. I was programmed by my parents to help people with Lysosomal Storage Diseases.  Most importantly, I was trained in how to identify and provide early treatment for people affected by these conditions.

How do you feel about Lysosomal Storage Diseases?
People with Lysosomal Storage Diseases are my favorite people in the universe. Unfortunately, they suffer for many years before they know they have an LSD.  They often see many medical doctors before someone figures it out.

Who is your arch enemy?
Doctor Ignorance.

Do you have partners or do you work alone?
I do have some assistants who fly throughout the universe, looking for other planets with other species that may have LSDs.

Where do you draw your strength?
My strength is from the knowledge that if we identify people or other species with LSDs early, we can help them.

Do you have any words of wisdom for research subjects?
Research subjects are very valuable in volunteering time and allowing for tests. They help us as we continue to better treatments and eventually find a permanent cure for LSDs.

Do you have a favorite quote?
“LSDs, together we can!”

Where can we find you if we need to contact you?
My intergalactic email address, though my local agent here at the Emory Genetic Center, is pfernhoff@genetics.emory.edu

What does the future hold for LysoMan?
As I get younger, I hope to be able to continue to increase both patient and doctor knowledge to identify and arrive at better treatments and eventually a cure for LSDs.

Do you have a secret identity?
Lysoman has no secrets. As I have gotten younger, my life is an open book.