The 2017 RARE Patient Advocacy Summit brings rare advocates from across the globe together to Connect, Collaborate, and Activate. This educational conference creates a space for members of the rare disease community to share best practices, create important introductions, and Continue reading RARE Patient Advocacy Summit
This all-day event at Finn’s Taproom in Victor, New York will feature motorcycles, a gift basket and 50/50 raffle, a chicken dinner, musical guests Jester’s Alibi and The Occasional Saints, and a silent auction featuring a signed Kenny Chesney guitar. Continue reading Scavenger Hunt
M. Laura Feltri, MD, professor of biochemistry and neurology, is leading research to determine whether a new family of molecules prevents demyelination and nerve degeneration in patients with peripheral nerve diseases. The research builds on her 2014 finding that the Continue reading Researchers Study Novel Proteins’ Role in Myelination
On June 17, 2017 in New York City, the Hereditary Neuropathy Foundation will be kicking off our inaugural Manhattan sunset cruise for a night filled with food, drinks, music and exclusive auction items. Enjoy dancing, full-service bars, lounges, floor to Continue reading Set Sail for CMT
For the eighth year in a row, the Hereditary Neuropathy Foundation will be participating as a Charity Partner in the 2017 TD Bank Five Boro Bike Tour! We are thrilled to again be a part of this extraordinary event where Continue reading TD Bank Five Boro Bike Tour
A combination of specific genetic mutations in Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease that worsens peripheral nerve damage could be a helpful biomarker for predicting the severity of a given case of CMT, a Jackson Laboratory research team reports.
Either of two mutations impacting Scn8a — a sodium channel that is vital to the proper conduction of nerve impulses at the nodes of Ranvier — caused decreased sodium currents that led to severe neurological problems in the CMT mice, Burgess says. “These mutations, while innocuous on their own, can synergize with CMT-associated mutations to cause much more severe disease.” Continue reading Researchers Identify Mutations In Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease That Worsen Peripheral Nerve Damage
Scientists have proved a 60-year-old theory about how nerve signals are sent around the body at varying speeds as electrical impulses.
Researchers tested how these signals are transmitted through nerve fibres, which enables us to move and recognise sensations such as touch and smell.
The findings from the University of Edinburgh have validated an idea first proposed by Nobel laureate Sir Andrew Huxley. Continue reading Nerve signal discovery backs Nobel winner’s theory
Scientists at the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) Human Genetic Cell Repository at the Coriell Institute for Medical Research in Camden, N.J., are seeking blood samples from people with certain inherited neuromuscular diseases for use in research. I have been in contact with Tara Schmidlen, a genetic counselor for the project, who says that they do not yet have any samples from individuals with Dejerine-Sottas in their collection. Read on for more information if you’re interested in helping to fill in the gaps in their scientific knowledge. Continue reading Biobank Collecting Blood Samples for Neuromuscular Disease Research
Ashley Wiseman didn’t intend on making handicap accessibility in Chelsea’s downtown district her mission. It just ended up that way. Earlier this year on the Chelsea native’s 21st birthday, Wiseman wanted to celebrate at Cleary’s Pub because she thinks it Continue reading Volunteer with Dejerine-Sottas to help evaluate business accessibility (Chelsea, Michigan)
Antibodies — warrior proteins the immune system makes to defend the body against invading pathogens such as viruses and bacteria — have a gentler side nobody knew about until now: They function not only as soldiers but also as nurses. And researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine now think antibodies’ absence in the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) may be a key part of the reason why nerve damage there doesn’t get naturally repaired in humans. That insight could someday lead to new treatments for stroke and spinal-cord trauma. Continue reading Stanford study first to show antibodies involved in nerve repair in injuries