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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Genomewide identification of mRNA sites of 2’-O methylation targeted by SNORD116 snoRNAs (Year 2)

Funded Year: 2021

In PWS, a cluster of small nucleolar RNAs (snoRNAs), the SNORD116 cluster, appears to be of critical importance, but the SNORD116 targets have yet to be identified. Dr. Carmichael and his team have engineered neurons that mimic naturally-occurring PWS deletions and are using them to look for alterations in gene expression and regulation. In year...

Developmental, behavioral, and metabolic characterization of the Necdin/Magel2 double knockout mouse

Funded Year: 2021

PWS is not the result of a single gene mutation but rather is caused by the loss of several contiguous genes, some of which interact with each other. In this project, Drs. Bouret and Muscatelli will study a new mouse model that lacks two PWS genes, Magel2 and Necdin. The goal is to understand how Magel2 and Necdin act together to influence brain...

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