A-T FAMILIES PROVIDING DATA TO RESEARCHERS

A year has passed since the launch of the Global A-T Family Data Platform, an effort overseen by A-T families to enable researchers and clinicians to mine large data sets and gain new insights about ataxia-telangiectasia. So far, A-T families from 19 countries have contributed health information about their children who have A-T. The platform’s … Read More

Targeting Neutrophil-driven Inflammation to Reduce Lung Problems in A-T

The A-T Children’s Project has begun exploring whether anti-inflammatory drugs might prevent or reduce lung problems that can become life-threatening for people with ataxia-telangiectasia. The organization has awarded funding to JoAnn Sekiguchi, PhD at the University of Michigan to determine if anti-inflammatory compounds can reduce lung damage in a mouse model of A-T. About 25 … Read More

A-T IN LATIN AMERICA

The A-T Children’s Project is funding Beatriz Tavares Costa-Carvalho, MD and her colleagues to learn more about A-T in the Latin American population with a new grant entitled Ataxia-Telangiectasia: Epidemiological Survey in Latin America. Studying how a disease affects people over time is important not just to understanding the nature of the disease and its … Read More

INFLAMMATION, SWALLOWING, AND AGING IN A-T

Sharon McGrath-Morrow, a pediatric pulmonologist, published results showing that higher levels of IL-6 and IL-8 in the blood, markers for inflammation, are associated with poorer lung function in people with A-T, suggesting a link between inflammation and lung decline in this disease. Maureen Lefton-Greif, a speech and swallowing specialist, published results demonstrating abnormal coupling of … Read More

A-T CLINICAL EXPERTS MEET IN POLAND

From October 6-8, clinicians, therapists and scientists gathered in Warsaw, Poland for the 2016 A-T Clinical Research Conference to discuss ways to improve the care for individuals with A-T. Highlights from the meeting included: An update on the CATNAP Study, a large pediatric neuroimaging study being performed in the UK and co-funded by the A-T … Read More

EXAMINING LUNG BACTERIA IN A-T

Because more than 25% of patients with ataxia-telangiectasia (A-T) develop some form of chronic lung disease, the A-T Children’s Project has awarded a fellowship grant to Abrey Yeo, PhD in Australia to examine the mixture of bacteria found in the airways of individuals with A-T. Even healthy people have numerous types of bacteria in their … Read More

TESTING DRUGS TO PROTECT A-T BRAIN CELLS FROM DNA DAMAGE

Many drugs now taken by millions of people were discovered by high-throughput drug screening, a process in which scientists use robotics, data processing and control software, liquid handling devices and sensitive detectors to quickly perform millions of chemical tests until they find compounds that correct a biomolecular pathway that scientists believe is relevant to a … Read More

FAMILIES OF ATAXIA-TELANGIECTASIA PATIENTS WORLDWIDE LAUNCH NEW DATA PLATFORM TO EMPOWER RESEARCHERS

Families will contribute their data using on-line family questionnaires, whole-genome sequencing and other approaches, serving as a model for other diseases Families around the world who have children affected by ataxia-telangiectasia (A-T) today announced the launch of the Global A-T Family Data Platform, through which health, genomic and potentially other types of data about their … Read More