Cincinnati, (OH) - The International Rett Syndrome Foundation (IRSF) broadened and intensified its efforts to produce treatments for Rett syndrome and related disorders, announcing today that it is awarding another $1.5M to support 18 new grants at leading global research institutions. In 2012, IRSF invested nearly $4M in high-quality, peer-reviewed research grants that give promise to advancing treatment strategies of Rett syndrome and other MECP2 disorders. The grants awarded today are designed to study a variety of diverse topics from basic discovery science and disease pathology to testing compounds and developing outcome measures for Rett syndrome. IRSF is the world's largest private source of funding for biomedical and clinical Rett syndrome research. Since 1998, IRSF has funded $30M in innovative research grants which have produced critical breakthroughs to advance the understanding of this neurological condition.
IRSF funds pioneering studies in Basic Research that aim to discover new avenues that may be amendable to novel therapies. IRSF also seeks to bridge the critical translational funding gap by investing in Translational Research that includes both pre-clinical and clinical studies. In an effort to recruit future Rett researchers, IRSF creates fellowships to outstanding post-doctoral research scientists and clinical scientists.
The awarded basic research projects cover discovery topics from epigenetics and gene regulation to understanding pathways and other neuronal cell types in Rett syndrome. Together, these studies will allow for identification of new therapeutic targets in Rett syndrome. The second round of translational grants is focused on gene therapy approaches, development and testing of potential therapeutic compounds, and development of outcome measures in humans that will be used in future clinical studies.
"This year's call for proposals produced our largest number of outstanding quality grant applications to IRSF in the history of the organization," commented Steven Kaminsky, PhD, the Chief Science Officer of IRSF. "The astounding response from the science community to our call bodes well for Rett syndrome research and illustrates the growing number of researchers exploring the biology surrounding Rett syndrome and possible treatments that will modify its course." Dr. Kaminsky added, "As more and more fundamental discoveries are made and translated into pre-clinical and clinical trials each year, we get closer to our goal of modifying the biology surrounding Rett syndrome and improving the lives of our Rett patients and their families. With the help of a superb group of reviewers, we have built a plan that funds the best of the best. We look forward to working with these investigators as we continue to push our mission to reverse Rett syndrome."
New Translational Research Awards
New Basic Research Awards-Regular Research Grants
New Mentored Training Fellowships
"The possibility of new treatments for Rett syndrome increases as our research program broadens and intensifies," said Dr. Kaminsky. "I would like to thank our Board and our donors for their demonstrated commitment to advancing the best science in the community."
|Contact: Kathryn Kissam|
International Rett Syndrome Foundation