Author Archives: Vanda Pinto

UK Charity Awards £2.5M to 11 Projects Into Rare Childhood Diseases

Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) Charity and Sparks are investing £2.5 million (about $3.5 million) in 11 medical research projects that will investigate rare childhood diseases, including Dravet syndrome. The GOSH Charity and Sparks National Call is a U.K. initiative to support medical research into pediatric rare diseases,…

Discovery Stabilizes Sodium Channel, May Avert Seizures

Controlling a biological reaction that stabilizes part of the sodium channel in nerve cells can become a new approach to prevent epileptic seizures, according to a mouse study. This reaction, called neddylation, stabilizes the NaV1.1. subunit of the sodium channel, in which mutations are responsible for the development of Dravet syndrome.