Reiter Covers Differential Gene Expression in PWS at FPWR Conference

reiter-covers-differential-gene-expression-in-pws-at-fpwr-conference.jpgTo parents, giving away their children's baby teeth can be a big deal! But many parents of children with PWS have gladly answered Dr. Lawrence Reiter's call for baby teeth in the name of researching differential gene expression, as it could lead to successful PWS therapeutics.

Over the past year, Dr. Reiter has been collecting the teeth in order to extract stem cells found in the pulp and transform them into PWS brain cells. FPWR is thrilled to have Dr. Lawrence Reiter presenting at the FPWR Research Conference: Action Changes Tomorrow, October 28-30, 2016.

Research On Differential Gene Expression

After generating the brain cells, Dr Reiter and his group are comparing PWS and non-PWS cells to identify the differences in which genes are expressed. The outcome of this research could potentially identify therapeutic targets for Prader-Willi syndrome. This October, Dr. Reiter will give us an update on his project and provide his insight into how PWS fits with other 15q syndromes and autism.

Dr. Reiter, recently highlighted on our Researcher Spotlight, is an Associate Professor at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), and the Director of the 15q Duplication Autism Clinic at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. He runs a lab that focuses on the molecular basis of genetic disorders of the 15th chromosome.

We look forward to meeting Dr. Reiter this October in Providence, RI, and hope you will join us as well!

FPWR Research Conference Presenters

Want to learn more about our conference presenters? Here are a few highlighted presentations:

Sleep in PWS: Clinical and Scientific Perspectives 
Tom Scammell, MD., Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School

Feeding and Nutrition for Children with PWS
Melanie Silverman, RD, IBCLC., Pediatric Registered Dietician

Developmental Language Delays and Success in the Classroom
Ellen Brigger, MEd, St. Rita School for the Deaf Apraxia Education Program

Can PWS Interventions be Delivered by Telehealth?
Anastasia Dimitropoulos, PhD., Associate Professor, Psychology, Case Western Reserve University

For a complete lineup of presenters as they are confirmed, visit our conference page.

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Susan Hedstrom


Susan Hedstrom is the Executive Director for the Foundation for Prader-Willi Research. Passionate about finding treatments for PWS, Susan joined FPWR in 2009 shortly after her son, Jayden, was diagnosed with Prader-Willi Syndrome. Rather than accepting PWS as it has been defined, Susan has chosen to work with a team of pro-active and tireless individuals to accelerate PWS research in order to change the natural history of PWS. Inspired by her first FPWR conference and the team of researchers that were working to find answers for the syndrome, she hosted her first One SMALL Step walk in 2010 and began the development of the One SMALL Step walk program which now raises over $1.5 million a year for PWS research.