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New Method Developed to Study MeCP2 Function in Humans

November 19, 2018Research

We wanted to share with the RSRT community a little about a new method we’re using to gain a better understanding of how the MECP2 protein functions. Our expectation is that this research, which is funded by RSRT and the NIH, will help guide approaches to therapeutics that will hopefully…

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What Does it Take to Run a Clinical Trial?

November 6, 2018Research

Ever wondered how easy or hard it might be to run a clinical trial, or what researchers have to do to be able to run a study? Here we’ll outline some key differences between an academic study and an FDA-regulated study, and talk about our own ketamine clinical trial planned…

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UPDATE: AVXS-201 Gene Therapy for Rett Status

October 31, 2018Research

The entire Rett community celebrated on May 3 of this year when AveXis formally announced plans to submit the IND application for AVXS-201 for Rett syndrome in late 2018/early 2019. We all then held our breath on May 15 when Novartis purchased AveXis for $8.7 billion, wondering whether Novartis would…

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Moving the Needle

October 29, 2018Research

I have always enjoyed the creative process. In my younger days, I was fond of cooking, which was not always sanctioned as an appropriate activity for a young boy in that era of our society. As I moved forward with my high school education, I had an intense interest in…

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The Future is Now

August 7, 2018Research

The DNA double-helix was first postulated to be the building blocks of life by Watson and Crick in a seminal paper in 1953. Their discovery spawned a revolution in molecular biology in the 65 years that have followed, and led to the understanding of human biology, human disease and our…

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Meeting of the Minds

June 7, 2018Research

Most scientific meetings strive to inform the audience on the state of the field by presenting data in a consolidated manner, maximizing speaker time often at the expense of discussion time. Separating clinical and scientific sessions is common. This year, when planning our Investigator Meeting in Boston on May 21…

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Unapologetically Going for the Cure

April 30, 2018Research, Roadmap

A recent article entitled “A perspective on “cure” for Rett syndrome” authored by a British clinician, Angus Clarke and Ana Paula Abdala Sheikh has sparked differing reactions from Rett families as well as several Rett organizations. Our partners in the UK, Reverse Rett, wrote an open letter to the authors…

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