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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Genetic Determinants of Behavioral, Physical, and Physiological Characteristics of PWS

Funded Year: 2022

Differences in PWS symptoms across individuals may be due to variation in genes outside of the PWS critical region. To understand how genetic variants contribute to the severity and complexity of the disease, Dr. Bochukova will analyze variations in the genetic makeup of 160 PWS participants. With support from Soleno Therapeutics, biochemical,...

Optimizing telehealth methods for identifying and treating distress among caregivers of individuals with PWS and WS

Funded Year: 2022

Dr. Kelleher and her group have been developing telehealth-based interventions to improve the mental wellness of those caring for individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders. Here, they will expand an existing caregiver support program (Well-CAST) to families with PWS and another disorder (Williams Syndrome, WS). They will evaluate different...

Planning Proposal to Add Angelman, Prader- Willi and Dup15q Syndromes to the Early Check Newborn Screening Panel

Funded Year: 2022

This study builds on the previous work of Dr. Godler, who developed a high throughput, economical test to detect chromosome 15 disorders in blood spots from newborns. Dr. Wheeler will transfer the technology to a newborn screening program in North Carolina to assess the feasibility of incorporating detection of chromosome 15 disorder into a...

Validation of a promising eye-tracking attentional bias paradigm as a biomarker for satiety in PWS

Funded Year: 2022

Currently, there are no objective biomarkers of hunger/satiety for PWS, which can be a barrier in PWS research. This study aims to develop an objective biomarker for altered satiety and hyperphagia in PWS using an eye-tracking method (measuring where a person is looking) to measure attentional bias (AB; increased attention) to food. Previously,...

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