D.C. Premier of Documentary on Rett Syndrome
The award-winning documentary RETT: THERE IS HOPE -- which showcases the struggles of families living with Rett Syndrome, an autism spectrum disorder that strikes toddler girls -- will hold its Washington, D.C. premier on July 9 at the National Academies' Keck Center. The panel discussion following the screening will include IOM member Huda Zoghbi and IOM President Harvey V. Fineberg. Members of the public are invited to attend. Learn more (Source: News from the National Academies)
Source: News from the National Academies - July 8, 2013 Category: Science Source Type: news

Discovery Of A Mutant Gene In Rett Syndrome
Discovery of a mutant gene responsible for a disease is a milestone, but for most conditions, it may be only a first step towards a treatment or cure. Understanding Rett Syndrome, an autism spectrum disorder, is further complicated by the fact that the implicated gene controls a suite of other genes. Two papers, published in Nature Neuroscience and Nature, reveal key steps in how mutations in the gene for methyl CpG-binding protein (MECP2) cause the condition... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - June 19, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Autism Source Type: news

Autism Spectrum Disorders (Pervasive Developmen...
Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), also known as Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDDs), cause severe and pervasive impairment in thinking, feeling, language, and the ability to relate to others. These disorders are usually first diagnosed in early childhood and range from a severe form, called autistic disorder, through pervasive development disorder not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS), to a much milder form, Asperger syndrome. They also include two rare disorders, Rett syndrome and childhood disintegrative disorder. (Source: About.com Mental Health)
Source: About.com Mental Health - June 5, 2013 Category: Psychiatry Tags: health Source Type: news

Genetic Material From 'Dark Genome' Is Involved In Rett Syndrome
Researchers at the Epigenetics and Cancer Biology Program at IDIBELL led by Manel Esteller, ICREA researcher and professor of genetics at the University of Barcelona, have described alterations in noncoding long chain RNA sequences (lncRNA) in Rett syndrome. These molecules act as supervisor agents responsible of 'switch on' or 'switch off' other genes in our genome that regulate the activity of neurons. The work has been published in the last issue of the journal RNA Biology. Dark genome Only 5% of our genetic material are genes that encode proteins... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - May 6, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology / Neuroscience Source Type: news

'Dark genome' is involved in Rett Syndrome
(IDIBELL-Bellvitge Biomedical Research Institute) Researchers at the Epigenetics and Cancer Biology Program at IDIBELL led by Manel Esteller, ICREA researcher and professor of genetics at the University of Barcelona, have described alterations in noncoding long chain RNA sequences in Rett syndrome. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 2, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

IRSF awards $1.5 million for novel basic and translational research programs
(International Rett Syndrome Foundation) The International Rett Syndrome Foundation (IRSF) broadened and intensified its efforts to produce treatments for Rett syndrome and related disorders, announcing today that it is awarding another $1.5 million to support 18 new grants at leading global research institutions. In 2012, IRSF invested nearly $4 million in high-quality, peer-reviewed research grants that give promise to advancing treatment strategies of Rett syndrome and other MECP2 disorders. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - January 14, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news