Rettsyndrome.org announces new 2014 grants, investing over $3.1 million to accelerate research

December 23, 2014

(Cincinnati, OH) The International Rett Syndrome Foundation - now doing business as Rettsyndrome.org - announces today that twelve (12) new grants were added to their research portfolio for a $1.2M investment, bringing the total 2014 research spend over $3.1M. Rettsyndrome.org is the leading private funder of Rett research, with more than $35 million invested to date. Rettsyndrome.org's strategy is to accelerate research toward new treatments for Rett syndrome by investing in basic, translational, and clinical research grants, which are vetted through a rigorous process of peer review by members of Rettsyndrome.org's Scientific Review Board (SRB). Those applications that have the highest scientific and programmatic merit are recommended to the Board of Directors for final funding decisions.

Two of the grants are funded by the Translational Research Program which funds early and late stage translational research to treat and reverse Rett syndrome (RTT). Rettsyndrome.org welcomes five new fellows to the Mentored Training Fellowship Program, which funds talented young post-doctoral researchers and aims to help them establish careers in Rett research.

Lastly, five grants from the Basic Research Program will fund investigators working to make new discoveries that will lead to a better understanding of the pathology of Rett syndrome and new avenues to treat the disorder.

With these new 2014 projects, Rettsyndrome.org continues to cover the spectrum of Rett syndrome research, in hopes of accelerating research from basic discovery, where ideas are made, to translating them into medicines for future clinical testing and treatments. These research grants are not restricted by geographic boundaries, and two new awards were given to researchers from Italy and the United Kingdom.

Rettsyndrome.org also announces that they will partner with the International Foundation for CDKL5 Research (IFCR) once again, to cost-share one of the newly awarded fellowships. With this continuing collaboration, both organizations can "share in funding this common endeavor that may have important implications for both CDKL5 and MECP2." said Katheryn Elibri Frame, DO, President and Co-founder of IFCR.

Rettsyndrome.org's Chief Science Officer, Steve Kaminsky, PhD, comments on the research strategy: "This year we had a great response to our Call for Proposals, and through the peer review process and programmatic planning, we have identified 12 research projects that will develop new ideas we hope to be translated to medicines. With the completion of two clinical trials and several others still underway, these are truly exciting times for the Rett community. These 12 new research projects add to our research investments, and we are hopeful that they build upon our portfolio and research strategy. We appreciate all of your support and look forward to this research adding to the growing knowledge base that will aid in correcting Rett biology."

New Fall 2014 Rettsyndrome.org Awards

HeART HeART Awards - Scout Program Mentored Training Fellowships Basic Research Grants Supplemental Funding to Current Projects For the complete list of 2014 awards, please visit http://www.rettsyndrome.org.
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About Rettsyndrome.org Rettsyndrome.org is accelerating research for treatments and a cure for Rett syndrome. As the world's leading private funder of Rett research, we have funded more than $35 million in peer-reviewed research grants and programs to date. We are a 501(c)3 organization, earning Charity Navigator's most prestigious 4-star rating. We empower families to make a difference. Visit http://www.rettsyndrome.org to learn more, or call (800) 818-7388 (RETT).

About Rett syndrome

Rett syndrome is a rare non-inherited genetic postnatal neurological disorder that occurs almost exclusively in girls and leads to lifelong impairments, affecting nearly every aspect of child's life: their ability to speak, walk, eat is effected, seizures develop and scoliosis occurs, and many develop irregular breathing patterns. Those diagnosed with Rett syndrome require maximum assistance with basic daily activities. The hallmark sign of Rett syndrome is near constant repetitive hand movements. Cognitive assessment in children with Rett syndrome is complicated, but they understand far more than they can communicate to us, evidenced by their bright and attentive eyes, and their ability to express a wide spectrum of moods and emotions.

International Rett Syndrome Foundation

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