Projects Archive - Foundation for Prader-Willi Research | Imaging

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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Early to midterm oxytocin effects on the brain metabolism of adults with Prader-Willi syndrome (year 2)

Funded Year: 2013

This supplement will help Dr. M. Tauber complete the study awarded in 2011: Early to midterm oxytocin effects on the brain metabolism of adults with Prader-Willi syndrome. Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) is a rare multisystem genetic disease leading to severe disabilities such as morbid obesity, as well as behavioral and socialization problems. We are...

Neurobiology of temper outburst behaviours in Prader-Willi syndrome - imaging pilot study

Funded Year: 2013

Individuals with Prader Willi Syndrome (PWS) are known to display frequent and severe temper outburst behaviours throughout their life. These behaviours can have a significant impact on the quality of life for the individual and their family. Prader Willi outbursts are reactive explosion of emotion that once provoked the individual has little...

Unraveling the developmental neurobiology of PWS: a cross-sectional brain imaging study

Funded Year: 2013

Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS) is a rare disorder, sharing common genes with autism and schizophrenia; patients with PWS are at very high risk of developing severe psychiatric illnesses and behavioral problems, however, the underlying neurobiology that places them at-risk is yet unknown. Here we propose a cross-sectional, multi-faceted brain imaging...

The role of the prefrontal cortex in PWS hyperphagia

Funded Year: 2013

Among the many complications of Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS), the increased food intake (hyperphagia) has serious long-term medical consequences. The goal of this proposal is to define novel brain regions that may contribute to this problem. Studies of brain activity suggest that the prefrontal cortex might be different in PWS patients. This is an...

Environmental, physiological and neural bases of skin picking in Prader-Willi syndrome

Funded Year: 2011

Many people with Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS) frequently engage in severe skin picking behavior, often causing open wounds and sores that can become infected. Why do people with PWS do this? How often and under what circumstances does it occur? Are people with PWS more likely to exhibit skin picking when they are bored or anxious? Does the skin...

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