Small Molecule Research Update!

Dr. Jacob at Tufts University has identified a small molecule that shows the potential to alleviate many of our dragonfly’s learning and motor symptoms. She has been working diligently with medicinal chemists to find the best version of this small molecule to use in our patients. One version has already been through phase II clinical trials…

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Will You Ride With Us?

The Penn Medicine Orphan Disease Center (ODC) will host the 11th Annual Million Dollar Bike Ride on Saturday, June 8, 2024 to raise money for rare disease research. The Million Dollar Bike Ride brings over 600 cyclists and volunteers to Penn’s campus to ride either 10, 32, or 72 miles starting in the city, and ranging…

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Join Simons Searchlight

Are you the caregiver of someone with CTNNB1 syndrome? Join our search for answers by signing up for Simons Searchlight, an international research program with the goal of accelerating science and improving lives for people with rare genetic neurodevelopmental disorders. Your unique experience could hold the clues that scientists need to find treatments and a cure! Step…

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Which Cerebral Palsy patients should get genetic testing?

Several recent studies support genetic testing for ALL patients with Cerebral Palsy. The Weinberg Family CP Center at Columbia University has put this into practice. Dr. Jason Carmel, Executive Director, explains "we routinely screen all of our patients with CP for a genetic cause." This is also the reason we partner with Probably Genetic to provide…

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New Partnership Announcement: REN

Rare Epilepsy Network (REN) is a volunteer network that connects rare epilepsy organizations and broad epilepsy stakeholders to work together to improve the lives lived of our individual constituents. They work to promote and enable successful patient-centered outcomes research, enable successful clinical trials in the rare epilepsies, and increase representation of the rare epilepsies in funding, research,…

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Introducing Jennifer Bain, MD, PhD

Jennifer M. Bain, MD, PhD, is a physician scientist specializing in pediatric neurology. Dr. Bain is leading the cerebral palsy genetics study at the Weinberg Family Cerebral Palsy Center at Columbia University. She has a special interest in developmental disorders, including CTNNB1. Dr. Bain performed neurology assessments this past summer for our Natural History Study, and…

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Dr. Michele Jacob Awarded NIH Grant for Gene Replacement Therapy

We are delighted to share the great news that lead researcher, Dr. Michele Jacob, Professor of Neuroscience at Tufts University, was recently awarded an NIH grant to conduct proof-of-concept studies of the therapeutic efficacy and safety of gene replacement therapy in CTNNB1 syndrome models. The studies are using two preclinical models of CTNNB1 heterozygosity, an in…

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A New Digital Natural History Study for CTNNB1 Syndrome

Attention CTNNB1 families! CTNNB1 Connect and Cure is excited to announce our partnership with Invitae’s Rare Patient Network on the Ciitizen platform. We are joining many other rare disease groups that have been using Ciitizen to build high-quality natural history data in a fraction of the time. Researchers and pharmaceutical companies have already used the data…

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No-Cost Genetic Testing

Probably Genetic is a group of geneticists, engineers, and patients seeking to help people with rare diseases access genetic testing. The company has recently launched a no-cost genetic testing program for people with seizures, movement disorders and/or developmental delay. Eligible individuals can receive whole exome sequencing at no cost. This testing analyzes all of the protein-coding regions of your DNA for disease- causing mutations.

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