The AHC Documentary will screen in the Netherlands June 24-25 in the town of Culomberg, where AHC Champion Indy (pictured above on the swing) lives. The family has done a great job raising awareness about this event, with a number of radio and TV spots. Check out www.ahckids.nl for more details
A poster presentation at the 20th International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease & Movement Disorders highlights a novel ATP1A3 mutation in a family that has members suffering from both Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood (AHC) and Rapid Onset Dystonia- Parkinsonism (RDP). This case report may help to shed further light on the underlying mechanisms of mutation in ATP1A3 and strengthens the case the AHC & RDP are part of a spectrum of symptomology in ATP1A3 mutation. HEre is the link to the abstract: http://www.mdsabstracts.org/abstract/expanding-the-spectrum-of-atp1a3-related-disorders-continuum-from-alternating-hemiplegia-of-childhood-to-rapid-onset-dystonia-parkinsonism/
Latest AHC research from team in Italy suggests that certain physical characteristics, particularly in the face, may be common enough in AHC champions to have a predictive assistance. This is an emerging technology, using facial recognition software to help diagnose rare genetic diseases. With the gene find, we need to focus on finding the thousands of undiagnosed cases of AHC. (estimates of 1 in a million to 1 in 250,000 predict 7,000- 28,000 cases in the world, but only about 1200 known. ) This study and the technology that could work with these findings may prove to be highly valuable in our quest. Kudos to the team and the Italian AHC Association. Here is the ARTICLE LINK
The April Newsletter from the AHCF is available. Please click here to see it http://bit.ly/24i3KwW
The Soaring Times Volume 2 Issue 3 is out and is available via http://eepurl.com/bWL34D Check it out!
http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0151667 latest research out of London. Potential biomarker for AHC , helpful for use in clinical trial , and also useful information in targeting potential treatments. Congratualtions to all involved!
A huge donation is received, fundraising ideas for anyone, research articles summarized, grant is funded, family meeting registration is open, fundraisers were successful, and a few tax return ideas for our community are all covered in our latest edition of the AHCF newsletter.
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SOUTHFIELD, Mich., March 2, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — On Rare Disease Day, February 29, 2016, the Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood Foundation (AHCF) received a donation from the Jake and Nina Kamin Foundation in the amount of $125,000. “I am glad to help in this endeavor and I am very optimistic that the research will find better drugs that will help the AHC kids,” said Susan Smith, president of The Jake and Nina Kamin Foundation.
The AHCF hopes to raise $550,000 to fund the next round of research projects and this amazing donation will get the foundation closer to that goal.
Tobe Cohen, father of AHC Hero Asher commented, “It is so rewarding to see the caring and generosity that I saw in my Uncle and Aunt in their lifetime, continue on through the Jake and Nina Kamin Foundation. The foundation’s gift will enable critical research to continue in the search for a treatment and cure for Asher and all the kids who battle AHC every day.”
You can find the complete Issue HERE
My name is Jeff Wuchich, and I am grateful to serve as the newly elected moderator of the AHC International Alliance. I am the Co-Founder and President of Cure AHC (www.cureahc.org) and also dad to AHC Champion Matthew (NC, USA)- his story http://bit.ly/MWUCHICH . Thank you to my fellow Association leaders and Country representatives for selecting me.
In the coming months we’ll work hard together as an alliance to share the latest and greatest AHC research, fundraising, and community news. Stay tuned!