The ULF Scientific Review Committee reviewed the many, high-quality research grant applications that were submitted from around the world for ULF funding. We received 3 times as many proposals this year than last, and we appreciate all of the proposal submissions from devoted scientists. The United Leukodystrophy Foundation congratulates these gifted researchers, who will each receive a grant of $33,000 by year-end to support their projects: – Dr. Tracy Hagemann with the University of Wisconsin-Madison Her topic is “Use of Antisense Oligoneucleotides as a Therapeutic Approach for Alexander Disease.” – Dr. Quasar Padiath with the University of Pittsburgh His topic is “Identification of Potential Drug Therapies for Autosomal Dominant Leukodystrophy.” Thank you to all of you who have made donations to the ULF, which allows us to support vital research proposals, in our efforts to advance the science and discover new therapies for our patients.
THANK YOU for participating in this year’s Benefit Drawing to raise money for leukodystrophy research. The drawing was held at the ULF office on Friday, September 30th. We congratulate these winners! Cheryl Serra of Missouri Betty Armbrust of Illinois Julie Malinowski of Michigan Kim Chaney of Illinois Phyllis Melick of Indiana Deb Bernshausen of Illinois sold 548 tickets!! She is the winner of the incentive prize, which is registration and hotel for 2 for our 2017 ULF Family Conference in Minneapolis next July.
The United Leukodystrophy Foundation is soliciting grant applications to support research in the leukodystrophies. Applications involving any of the leukodystrophies with budgets up to $30,000 (plus up to 10% indirect costs) will be accepted through November 14, 2016. The ULF Medical and Scientific Advisory Board will review applications for scientific merit, feasibility, and likelihood to advance the field. Funding will be awarded by December 31, 2016 and extend for one year. Researchers must use the ULF Research Grant Application Template and submit applications electronically. Funded investigators will be invited to present their research at a future ULF Scientific Meeting.
Congratulations to Dr. Reuben Matalon with the University of Texas Medical Branch for having been honored with the 2016 ULF Service Award, which was presented to him at the ULF Conference on July 28th. The inscription reads: “The United Leukodystrophy Foundation honors Dr. Reuben Matalon for more than 30 years of service to the ULF and for outstanding medical research to enhance the lives of persons with leukodystrophy and their families”
This year’s ULF Scientific Symposium and Family Conference was held in Omaha July 28-30. It provided an important opportunity for medical professionals to share their research advances and for families affected by leukodystrophy to interact with doctors. Attendees enjoyed a fantastic wrap-up dinner celebration at the Omaha Aquarium. Visit the United Leukodystrophy Foundation Facebook page to view event photos. The 2017 ULF Conference will be held at The Commons Hotel on the campus of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis in late July.
This is the second Father’s Day that the family will be spending without their dad. Since they can’t celebrate with him, they’re going to celebrate for him! They would love for you to join them as they celebrate their dad and yours at the 2nd Annual Paul Korth Memorial Father’s Day 5K. Come run, walk, eat, and enjoy the morning in honor of all the dads/ father figures in our lives! Paul Korth passed away on January 25, 2015 from a neurological condition called Adrenomyeloneuropathy (AMN). His family was his absolute favorite thing in the world. Watching his daughters play sports at Skutt Catholic High School brought him so much joy, and that is where the event will take place again this year. In the spirt of their dad, there is no registration cost to the event. Just come and enjoy! If you would like to make a donation, two funds have
Fundraiser this Saturday! As the 2016 Miss Dallas, Brittany Tew is hosting “Miss Dallas 5K Benefiting the ULF” on Saturday, June 4th at Bachman Lake Park in Dallas: http://www.missdallas5k.com/ Brittany is a talented, ambitious young woman. She graduating from Baylor University with a 4.0 GPA, majoring in biology. At the age of 21, she has already authored 3 books. Brittany tragically lost two young sisters to leukodystrophy and is dedicating her future to the practice of pediatric neurology after her program at Baylor College of Medicine. If you’re in the Dallas area, please participate in this event. Donations from non-participants are appreciated, as well.
CADASIL is a rare, genetic disease that is both vascular and neurologic in nature. The cureCADASIL Association is offering a CADASIL Summer Research Scholarship to a student working in CADASIL research each year. The scholarship is open to undergraduate and graduate students and provides $5,000 to the chosen student. All details are in this letter and the flyer. The application is due by April 15th. There is very little CADASIL research, particularly in the U.S., and this organization is targeting colleges/universities with strong research programs in neurology, genetics, and microbiology. Perhaps there are students in the ULF community who may be interested in this opportunity. Questions? Contact cureCADASIL at firstname.lastname@example.org or 307-215-9840.
Shannon W., a student at Miami University of Ohio, is hosting a fundraiser to benefit the United Leukodystrophy Foundation April 18-22 at Bob Evans Restaurant in West Chester, Ohio. The details are on this flyer. If you’re going to be in the area then, please stop by to support Shannon and the ULF. Thanks!
Imagine your child experiencing an unexplained sudden loss of basic functions – a toddler who once constantly walked and ran, suddenly stumbling with each step; an infant with a healthy appetite, who once smiled and cooed, now crying inconsolably for every waking hour and only eating a few ounces of milk a day; a high school cheerleader suddenly losing all muscular control at a football game and shaking violently on the field. Each of these real-life examples is the result of a disease group called the Leukodystrophies. Leukodystrophies makes up an inherited group of over 40 disorders of the white matter in the brain, affecting 1 in 7,000 individuals. Onset of symptoms can occur in the first months of life through adulthood, and can cause a rapid loss of abilities, such as voluntary movement and speaking, and result in severe morbidity and death. In spite of the thousands affected by