Discover the meaning of key terms in Dravet Syndrome research.

Cannabidiol (CBD)

An ingredient in cannabis that comes from the hemp plant.


The basic building blocks that make up all living things.


When someone has more than one disease or condition at the same time.


Deoxyribonucleic acid (abbreviated to DNA) is a molecule that carries our unique genetic information. It holds the instructions for making the proteins in our bodies.


Medication used to treat seizures caused by Dravet Syndrome.


A surgical opening through the skin of the abdomen to the stomach which can be used to insert a tube for feeding.

Gene-based therapy

When researchers alter or ‘fix’ the faulty genes inside the body's cells to treat or stop disease.

Gene editing technology

Tools that allow scientists to change DNA.

Host cell

A cell that can be invaded by infectious bacteria or a virus.


A change in the DNA of a cell which can happen when it divides.

Pathogenic variants

When genes are altered, increasing someone’s likelihood of developing a certain disease.


RNA is a molecule which carries messages to DNA. It can also carry genetic code.


A tool to deliver genetic material into cells. It could be a virus that is used to carry a particular DNA into a host cell. This is used to change the DNA of the host cell.

Viral Vector

A type of virus researchers can use to deliver genetic material into cells.