I used to think that genetic-based treatments for cystic fibrosis were mostly theoretical. After watching the first plenary for the North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference, I now know that scientists have a concrete understanding of the work that needs to be done and realistic plans for how to accomplish it.
Like many people who are diagnosed with CF, Preston spent a significant amount of time in medical facilities while growing up. This gave him a lifelong passion for the health care field and a desire to use his own experiences to provide empathetic care to others. Preston received his first bachelor's degree in biology from the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill and is currently working on a second bachelor's degree in nursing at UNC Greensboro. When he is able to find time away from school, Preston loves to play tennis, is a black-diamond skier, and is an avid reader. Preston is fortunate to serve on the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's Clinical Research Committee as a community reviewer, is a member of the ResearchCon Executive Committee, and has had the opportunity to be a featured speaker at several different Foundation events.