Passionate parents catalyze research

Chelsea Gerber, for whom the foundation Chelsea’s Hope is named, suffered from Lafora disease (image published in ASBMB).

Chelsea Gerber, for whom the foundation Chelsea’s Hope is named, suffered from Lafora disease (image published in ASBMB).


The May issue of the  American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) journal includes a feature article about the international project on Lafora disease, which involves Joan Guinovart’s group at IRB Barcelona (see here). The US organisation Chelsea’s Hope, a charity formed by families affected by this disease, promoted this international collaboration.

Written by Kim Rice and Matthew S. Gentry, both related to the disease in several ways, the article reveals that serendipity and basic biochemistry have accelerated progress towards a cure for this rare and fatal condition.

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