Dr. Lawrence T. Reiter at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, TN is conducting a research study to determine if neurons can be grown from the dental pulp of individuals with various neurogenetic syndromes including chromosomal duplications and deletions of human chromosome 15q, including PWS. These neurons will be valuable tool in understanding the differences between PWS and non-PWS, as well as for testing potential therapeutics.
Participants will be required to submit a genetics report. Dr. Reiter will provide a tube of cell growth solution and a return package to you at no cost. Should you agree to participate you will only need to provide a fresh tooth specimen, either extracted (e.g. surgery) or one that fell out on its own. Teeth must arrive at Dr. Reiter’s laboratory no more than 48hrs after the time they came out of the mouth and in the special media provided.