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Introducing the Spoonbill Foundation

As promised, here are updates on the fundraising questions you had about CoA-Z, the possible treatment of PKAN that we are developing. Our goal is to make CoA-Z available to everyone at the lowest cost possible so we have formed sister non-profit foundations in the Netherlands and US to further develop the compound. The link […]

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“Best Practices in PKAN” is now published!

Our team is excited to announce that we and several of our collaborators have developed a set of guidelines called “Best Practices in PKAN.” These guidelines provide recommendations and instructions for taking care of a child or adult with PKAN. They will be a valuable resource for patients themselves and for any doctors they may […]

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Upcoming: The 2017 NBIA Scientific Meeting

This upcoming scientific meeting will allow researchers studying NBIA disorders to come together to share their findings, discuss potential therapeutics and plan projects/collaborations. The 6th International Symposium on NBIA & Related Disorders will taken place April 7th-8th, 2017 at Skamania Lodge in Stevenson, WA. If you are a researcher studying NBIA and related disorders, please […]

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Summary of 2016 BPAN Research Meeting

A summary of the 2016 BPAN Research Meeting in Portland is now up on our website! Check it out to learn about what we did, see lots of pictures of the wonderful children and families who attended and read the research updates we shared at the symposium. We can’t say thank you enough to everyone […]

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PKAN Best Practices Feedback Request

Last year at the family conference, Dr. Hayflick announced that work had begun on a set of guidelines called “Best Practices in PKAN” that would provide recommendations and instructions for taking care of a child or adult with PKAN. This project was funded by the NBIA Disorders Association, Hoffnungsbaum, e.V., and Associazione Italiana Sindromi Neurodegenerative […]

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Announcement: 2016 BPAN Research Meeting!

Our team is excited to announce that we will be hosting a BPAN research meeting in Portland, Oregon from June 24th-26th! We are thrilled to welcome you to our hometown and have planned a variety of activities including research activities, social events, a mini-symposium, and individual appointments with Dr. Hayflick and Dr. Hogarth. For more […]

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Ask Jeff: The Mouse Expert Replies

You may recall that back in September we asked if anyone had questions about the PKAN knock-in mice for our resident mouse wrangler, Jeff. We had one curious dad who submitted some very interesting questions (and a few amusing ones that gave our team a good laugh). So without further ado, here are some answers: […]

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Unexpected Family Ties

NBIA in Africa? We don’t often hear about new NBIA diagnoses in African countries. The NBIA disorders are not isolated to a particular race or ethnicity so we know individuals must be diagnosed in countries all over the world. Genetic testing is more widely used each year but having affordable access to it is still […]

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Our PKAN mice have news to share

This has been an exciting month for our mice! In September, a new litter who we have been eagerly anticipating was born in the Hayflick lab. As you may recall from one of the past NBIA Disorders Association newsletters, the Hayflick lab is developing a new mouse model for NBIA. This mouse has been genetically […]

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