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Angelman Syndrome Foundation Takes Major Step Toward Furthering Research Efforts
Date:7/30/2009

ance in neurodevelopmental disorders with Angelman Syndrome and the ATRI leading the way."

Research funding will also focus on new therapies for symptoms, pharmaceuticals, biological agents, adaptive devices, surgical and diagnostic procedures. An emphasis on adult AS patients will extend the scope of clinical trials to include a wide age group and investigate and advance life and self-help skills, vocational training, and access to community programs and health services.

"The Angelman Syndrome Foundation is committing $125,000 in seed funding to start ATRI with an ultimate goal of raising $2 million within two years," said Eileen Braun, Angelman Syndrome Foundation Executive Director. "Funding will be used to implement program goals while the Angelman Syndrome Foundation's Scientific Advisory Committee will continue administering grant reviews and making funding recommendations for innovative research."

ATRI will allow scientific members to conduct Web-based meetings and symposiums, and convene as necessary to discuss research progress and activities.

About Angelman Syndrome

Identified by Dr. Harry Angelman, AS occurs in one in every 15,000 live births and exhibits symptoms such as: developmental delay; lack of speech; seizures; inappropriate laughter; and walking and balance disorders. It is a life-long neuro-genetic disorder usually identified in patients between two and five years old. AS is often misdiagnosed as Autism and a cure has not yet been developed.

About Angelman Syndrome Foundation

The Angelman Syndrome Foundation, the leading resource for AS information, support and AS research funding was founded more than 20 years ago with the mission of advancing the awareness and treatment of AS through education and information, research and support for individuals with AS, their families and other concerned parties. Since 1996 the Ange
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