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Orphan Drug Designation: What Does it Mean?

March 30, 2017Research

Background In the early 1980s, few drugs were being developed for rare diseases as the small number of patients made it difficult for companies to recoup the costs of drug development, let alone make a profit. With an estimated 7,000 rare diseases affecting 25-30 million Americans, Congress determined that laws…

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New Insight Into MECP2 Mutation Hotspot

March 28, 2017In The News, Research

Rett syndrome-causing missense mutations cluster in two regions of MECP2. One of these regions – the methyl-CpG binding domain (MBD) – has been extensively characterized and helps MeCP2 bind DNA. The other region is called the NCoR/SMRT interaction domain (NID) and recruits a gene-silencing complex, but its function has remained comparatively…

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Roadmap to a Cure FAQ

March 24, 2017In The News, Research

We’ve tried to anticipate some of the questions that families will have about Roadmap to a Cure. What if you don’t raise the full $33 million? Failure is not an option. We simply must raise the full amount. In fact, there are a number of other worthy efforts that merit…

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RSRT Awards $7.5 Million to Research in 2016

March 17, 2017In The News, Research

RSRT was launched in 2008, in the wake of Adrian Bird’s remarkable reversal experiment. Our mission has always been a cure, not an improvement of some degree in a symptom or two… an all-out cure.  Our 2017 awards, totaling $7.5 million, reflect our mission. RESEARCH AWARDED BY YEAR: Over $2…

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Key Questions to Ask When Considering Clinical Trials

February 28, 2017Community, Research

We live in exciting times. It seems like almost every day, breakthrough scientific discoveries provide novel insights that could result in new and better ways to treat your children. These advances are clear signs of progress and reasons for optimism. Companies are leveraging these scientific insights to initiate clinical trials…

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Awaken and Activate the Mighty X Chromosome

February 2, 2017Research

Did you know an extra copy of MECP2 sleeps within each of our cells? Females have two X chromosomes (XX), while males only have one (XY). In healthy females, a phenomenon called X inactivation randomly shuts off one X chromosome in order to avoid twice as much product from X-linked…

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Of Mice and Rett: Novel Therapeutics & Community Support

January 27, 2017Community, Research

You — the parents, grandparents, and families of children with Rett Syndrome — know more than anyone the devastation that Rett brings and the frustration of not having medications to address the onslaught of symptoms your child faces every day. While I don’t have a child with Rett, I am…

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