Category Archives: news


CoA-Z Clinical Trial Update

It’s hard to believe it, but the CoA-Z clinical trial started way back in December 2019 when we had no idea how much all our lives were about to be upended by a global pandemic. Many of you have reached out since then to ask for updates and to find out when results will be […]

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A paper from the Sibon lab reveals important insights into biochemical changes in PKAN and related disorders

Dr. Sibon’s group in the Netherlands has published a paper that reveals important insights into the biochemical changes in PKAN and related disorders (CoPAN, MePAN and PDH-E2 deficiency). It reports work done largely by Roald Lambrechts (who just got his PhD yesterday!) and others in the Sibon lab. Dr. Sibon has also written a FAQs […]

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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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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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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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