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MEPAN Page Added to Website

Approximately two years ago, our team worked with researchers in Israel and several other countries to discover a new disease-causing gene called MECR. Mutations in this gene cause a condition that we named MEPAN, which stands for “mitochondrial enoyl CoA reductase protein-associated neurodegeneration.” Although MEPAN does not cause brain iron accumulation, both the symptoms and […]

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Searching for a Diagnosis using Whole Exome Sequencing

This article and other news can be found in the latest issue of our newsletter which can be downloaded/viewed here: August 2018. In 2014 the Hayflick lab started a project with the University of Washington to sequence DNA for our patients who did not yet have a genetic diagnosis. These 54 subjects had symptoms similar […]

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Is BPAN the Most Common NBIA Disorder?

This article and other news can be found in the latest issue of our newsletter which can be downloaded/viewed here: June 2018. No one can say exactly how many people in the world have a NBIA disorder, but we can guess based on how many people have been diagnosed so far. Today, PKAN is the […]

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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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Decades-long Search for Diagnosis Finally Reaches Conclusion

When Mike Cohn was 15 years old, his unique medical history was described in the well-known medical journal, Neurology. Mike had seizures as a baby, and he reached his motor milestones later than other kids his age. When he turned 8, he felt like his world was turned upside down. Walking became increasingly difficult due […]

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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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