BROOKHAVEN NATIONAL LAB CONDUCTS NEW BRAIN IMAGING STUDY THAT HOLDS PROMISE FOR A-T

With help from scientists who specialize in brain imaging, the A-T Children’s Project is seeking ways to treat the abnormal brain circuitry in ataxia-telangiectasia (A-T). For the first time, a comprehensive PET and fMRI study of the brains of adults with A-T has begun. PET stands for Positron Emission Tomography, and these scans give three … Read More

RECENT PUBLICATIONS LOOK AT G-TUBE SATISFACTION, CRITICAL CARE AND SURGICAL RISKS IN A-T PATIENTS

Three papers have been published recently in the scientific literature describing: 1) gastrostomy tube (G-tube) safety and satisfaction in patients with A-T; 2) the care of critically ill A-T patients and 3) the care of patients with A-T undergoing operations and the possible risks associated with the use of anesthesia for surgical procedures. G-Tube Placement … Read More

CALIFORNIA RESEARCHER CONTINUES DEVELOPMENT OF A CELL MODEL FOR A-T

The A-T Children’s Project has granted funding for Yang Xu, PhD from the University of California, San Diego to continue development of a stem cell-based model for A-T. This type of “disease-in-a-dish” model can be used to screen hundreds of thousands of compounds for their ability to diminish or reverse certain characteristics of the disease … Read More

YOUNG LSU INVESTIGATOR RECEIVES POST DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP AWARD

Benjamin Siddoway, PhD from the Louisiana State University (LSU) Health Sciences Center is the first recipient of the A-T Children’s Project’s Post Doctoral Fellowship Award for his grant entitled “Addressing neurological dysfunction in A-T: Investigation into novel, physiologic ATM activation in neurons and ATM-PP1 signaling in reorganization and refinement of post synaptic architecture.” The A-T … Read More

TWO NEW RESEARCH PROJECTS TO FOCUS ON CELL DEATH AND CONSEQUENCES IN THE BRAIN

The A-T Children’s Project is funding two new research grants that may provide insights regarding brain function in A-T. The Florida-based Wobbly Feet Foundation has agreed to co-fund part of each grant in an on-going partnership to accelerate A-T research. Research for the first grant, entitled “Linking neurodegeneration to protein turnover in ataxia-telangiectasia,” will be … Read More

EXAMINING THE BENEFITS OF INSPIRATORY MUSCLE STRENGTH TRAINING

The A-T Children’s Project and the A-T Society in the United Kingdom have jointly awarded a grant to Emma Ross PhD, from the University of Brighton in England, entitled “Inspiratory muscle training in patients with Ataxia-Telangiectasia.” Lung disease is a frequent and often serious problem in patients with A-T. A 2010 paper in the journal … Read More

JOHNS HOPKINS HOSPITAL: GROUND-BREAKING PAPER HELPS DOCTORS MANAGE LUNG PROBLEMS IN A-T

Lung problems cause sickness and death in many patients with ataxia-telangiectasia (A-T). However, a lack of information from following A-T patients’ lung disease over time has limited doctors’ knowledge of these critical problems. With the goal of providing expert advice on the diagnosis, evaluation, and management of lung disease in A-T, Dr. Sharon McGrath- Morrow … Read More

PROGRESS REPORT: MD ANDERSON CANCER CENTER INVESTIGATOR UNCOVERS NEW ROLES FOR THE A-T PROTEIN IN BLOOD AND BRAIN CELLS

Since the late 1990s, Paul K.Y. Wong, PhD, from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center has been exploring what goes wrong in blood and brain cells when the A-T protein is missing. Although A-T is not the primary research focus for Dr. Wong, a leading investigator in the area of mouse retroviruses as … Read More

NIH SPEARHEADS “NEXT” FOR PEDIATRIC NEUROLOGICAL TRIALS

Over the last few years, the Children’s Neurobiological Solutions (CNS) Foundation and the A-T Children’s Project (A-TCP) began to realize that a critical gap existed in the path to bringing potential therapies to the clinic for children with neurological di sorders. An organized network of multidisciplinary, well-funded clinicians experienced in performing clinical trials for rare, … Read More

MEET THE JOHNSONS

2011: It was Thanksgiving two years ago when Addison Johnson thought she was suffering from heartburn. It was soon apparent she was in fact going into labor with triplets. Local hospital officials felt it best that she go to a larger hospital in Pittsburgh. The anxious ambulance driver made the typically hour-long drive in 35 … Read More