DSF Funded Research

DSF Funded Research

Dravet Syndrome International Consensus Project

Elaine C. Wirrell, MD – Mayo ClinicDSF Research Award – $75,000 (1 year project)Dravet Syndrome International Consensus Project (funding provide through unrestricted grants from Biocodex, Greenwich Biosciences, and Zogenix) A core group of pediatric and adult epilepsy specialists, with input from DSF, has identified important clinical issues relating to the diagnosis and management of patients with …

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DSF Announces Funding for Five New Research Grants

Last night at their annual Research Roundtable Meeting, the Dravet Syndrome Foundation (DSF) announced funding for five new research grants. DSF is pleased to be funding grants that focus on important topics for individuals with Dravet syndrome, including investigation of metabolic dysfunction, exploration of novel therapeutic targets for disease-modifying therapies, and exploration of changes to …

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Wenxi Yu

Optimizing the Regional Administration of SCN8a-targeting RNAi Therapy

Wenxi Yu, PhD – University of Michigan $50,000 ONE YEAR POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP Co-funded with JAM for Dravet Mutations in the sodium channel genes SCN1A and SCN8A are a significant cause of Developmental Epileptic Encephalopathies (DEEs), severe seizure disorders. We demonstrated that reduced expression of Scn8a using a specific ASO can prevent the onset of seizures …

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Use of TMS to understand in-vivo the functional pathophysiology of Dravet syndrome and predict treatment response

Simona Balestrini, MD, PhD – UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology Sanjay Sisodiya, PhD, FRCP – UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology  $150,000 TWO YEAR CLINICAL RESEARCH AWARD Dravet syndrome (DS) is caused by a genetic change that leads to severe epilepsy with difficult-to-treat seizures, cognitive impairment, other neurological and physical symptoms, and heightened risk …

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Ketogenic Diet Modulated Brain Energy Metabolism in Dravet Syndrome

Liu Lin Thio, MD, PhD – Washington University in St. Louis Joel R. Garbow, PhD – Washington University in St. Louis $150,000 TWO YEAR RESEARCH AWARD Co-funded with JAM for Dravet Children with Dravet syndrome have drug-resistant epilepsy characterized by different seizure types along with developmental regression and intellectual impairment. Dravet syndrome is genetic with …

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Jacy Wagnon

Targeting Molecular Responses to Seizures in Dravet Syndrome

Jacy Wagnon, PhD – Ohio State College of Medicine $150,000 TWO YEAR RESEARCH AWARD Many individuals with Dravet syndrome (DS) do not achieve adequate seizure control using available drug treatments. These drugs also do not sufficiently treat other symptoms of DS, including behavioral and cognitive impairments. We analyzed gene expression in a mouse model of …

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Lymphoblast cell lines as a model to uncover metabolic defects in Dravet syndrome

Manisha N. Patel, PhD – University of ColoradoKelly G. Knupp, MD – Children’s Hospital Colorado $150,000 TWO YEAR RESEARCH AWARD Dravet syndrome (DS) is a catastrophic developmental and epileptic encephalopathy characterized by intractable early-life seizures, and debilitating comorbidities such as cognitive deficits, developmental delay, sleep disturbances, progressive movement abnormalities and increased risk of sudden unexpected …

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