Day 16 ~ October 2014 as GLOBAL NPD Awareness Month ~ NNPDF & CCNNPDF Funded Fellows
Dear NNPDF Families and Friends,
As we continue our focus on NNPDF funded research this week, the 16th day of our GLOBAL October 2014 Niemann-Pick Disease Awareness month event, affords us the opportunity to continue highlighting another 2014 research award recipient.
On Day16, we turn our focus to the announcement of a research grant award in support of our NPD Type C (NPC) community through the funding of scientific efforts related to the development of neurophysiological outcome measures for treatment assessment. Dr. Gizely Andrade, who many NPD families may remember from the San Francisco Family Conference for her EEG study, continues her research from the Albert Einstein School of Medicine in New York as the grant award recipient and Principal Investigator of this work.
In addition to her newly funded research grant, Dr. Andrade has shared with the NNPDF an earlier publication tied to her research which included three Niemann-Pick Disease Type C patients who took part in an earlier related study. You can find the article on the NNPDF Newsline: http://www.nnpdf.org/NewsLinePage.html#Oct16
Project Title: “Developing Neurophysiological Outcome Measures for Treatment Assessment in Niemann-Pick type C (NPC) Disease.”
This project will use non-invasive electroencephalography (EEG) and behavioral tasks to examine the integrity of basic sensory transmission in the brain, connectivity between different brain areas, and the brain’s ability to benefit from multi-sensory information. This will be the first study to examine multisensory integration in children with Niemann-Pick Type C disease (NPC) and we will monitor for changes in multisensory processing as patients undergo treatment in the cyclodextrin clinical trial.