Just Walk for Reverse Rett 2015

May 9th will see another team of walkers covering between 5k and 60k across the South Downs, in support of Reverse Rett.  Led by stalwart fund-raiser, Greg McKeague, we (yes, I'm doing it too) will be setting out early morning, hiking up and down and

Improving Symptoms

Rett Syndrome comes with a whole host of difficult symptoms which affect daily life. Alleviating even one of these symptoms can significantly improve the quality of life for the girls and their families. There are several different approaches to this research, none of which I

Bypassing MeCP2

Again, this is rather a complex scientific notion for most of us (well, me!), but in short the idea is to identify other genes which, when mutated, somehow protect an individual from a MeCP2 mutation. There are people who have common MECP2 mutations and normal X

Putting the Protein Back

Rett Syndrome is caused by a lack of MeCP2 protein. Putting the protein back in mice, reverses symptoms. In 2007, Adrian Bird's lab demonstrated that the symptoms of Rett Syndrome could be successfully reversed in mice when protein levels were restored. Putting the protein back in

Approaches to Research

There are several different approaches in terms of research: putting the protein back: this approach aims to recreate the successful reversal experiments on mice, from 2007, which showed that putting the MeCP2¬†protein back reverses the symptoms of Rett.   improving symptoms: many of the symptoms of Rett could