3rd Phase of successful Mouse Model Project hopes to produce potential candidate drugs and possibly a cure for Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood (AHC)
Online PR News – 26-January-2015 – Raleigh, NC – Cure AHC, Inc. is excited to announce the funding of a $45,000 research grant awarded to Dr. M. Mikati, Chief of Pediatric Neurology at Duke Children’s Hospital. The grant will be used for research in the third phase of the Mouse Model Project entitled "Physiology of the AHC Mouse and Potential Treatments". Researchers at Duke University, as part of the International Consortium for the Research on Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood (AHC) (IAHCRC), completed the second phase of the Mouse Model that conclusively demonstrates mice with the D801N mutation, the most common mutation for AHC, produce symptomology which very closely mimics humans with AHC. This means that the Mouse Model is very valuable for showing efficacy of potential candidate drugs and possibly a cure for AHC.
Cure AHC Co-Founders Jeff & Renee Wuchich along with AHC Champion Matthew presented the check to Dr. Mikati on Tuesday, January 13, 2015. "It is exciting to imagine that due to this research, this time next year we may have a candidate drug as a potential treatment, and possibly even a cure! We are so grateful to everyone who has helped make this possible", says Wuchich.
Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood (AHC) is an incurable, rare and painful neurological disorder that causes episodes of temporary paralysis that last minutes or even days. AHC is often mistaken for cerebral palsy or epilepsy which impairs the ability to learn and communicate. AHC also affects muscle control, causing shallow breathing and difficulty walking and swallowing. Researchers discovered the gene that causes Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood (AHC) in 2012 and they continue to make progress in their understanding of the disease, which aids in better treatment and ultimately a cure for AHC sufferers.
Fundraising proceeds donated to Cure AHC, Inc., a 501 ( c) 3 Nonprofit organization are used to raise awareness and research funds to develop better treatment and discover the cure for Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood (AHC). Donations to Cure AHC can be made online through the www.cureahc.org or a check may be sent to Cure AHC, Inc. at 545 Irina Drive, Rolesville, NC 27571.For more information about Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood (AHC) please visit www.cureahc.org or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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