Under the guidance of our Scientific Advisory Board through a carefully managed grants process, FPWR selects research projects based on the collaborative input of researchers and parents, choosing projects that are both scientifically meritorious and highly relevant for individuals with PWS and their families.

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Development of a suite of assays for the analysis of PWS patient iPSC-derived cortical neurons

Funded Year: 2020

Dr. Bang and her team will apply a series of ‘assays’ (lab tests evaluating cell function) to PWS patient-specific stem cells (iPSC) that have been driven to become cortical neurons in a lab dish. Once validated, these assays can be used to discover novel therapeutic targets for PWS, screen for drugs that can correct impaired neuronal function,...

A mouse model to assess genetic therapies for Prader-Willi syndrome (Year 2)

Funded Year: 2020

 Dr. Resnick and his team have developed a mouse model of PWS that allows precise activation/replacement of the missing PWS genes at different times during development and in different tissues. In this second year of funding, they will work to reestablish gene expression and determine the effects on the potential reversal of traits. This study...

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