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Rett Patients Can Engage With, Benefit From Online Schooling

Participating in school virtually — using a computer with a webcam — is socially and cognitively engaging for people with Rett syndrome, according to a study in Italy. This finding “supports the idea that the children with RTT [Rett syndrome] can benefit from the use of technology-aided programs, such…

Acadia Opening Phase 2/3 Trial of Trofinetide in Young Girls, 2-5

Acadia Pharmaceuticals is launching an open-label clinical trial of its oral investigational medication trofinetide in toddlers and young girls with Rett syndrome, the company announced in a letter to the Rett community. The 12-week Phase 2/3 trial, called DAFFODIL (NCT04988867), aims to enroll about 10 children, ages 2…

Comparative Genomics Identifies 3 Potential Therapies

Using a comparative genomics approach, researchers have identified three potential therapies for Rett syndrome that are being used or tested for other indications. “This study highlights the potential of comparative genomics to accelerate drug discovery, and yields potential new avenues for the treatment of [Rett],” the researchers wrote. …

3D Brain Organoids Useful as Rett Syndrome Model, Study Shows 

Brain organoids grown from stem cells derived from people with Rett syndrome reproduced patterns of electrical brain activity that resembled seizures, a hallmark of the condition, a study demonstrated. Use of anti-seizure medications restored electrical activity to normal levels, supporting the use of brain organoid models to investigate underlying…

Register Now for Global Genes’ RARE Patient Advocacy Summit

Registration is now open for Global Genes‘ 2021 RARE Patient Advocacy Summit. This year’s hybrid event will be livestreamed from California Sept. 27-29, and some seats also are available for attending the event in person in San Diego. “Here you’ll have the opportunity to connect and engage with others…