Kathryn North is Head of the Institute for Neuroscience and Muscle Research and Associate Dean of the Clinical School, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead. She is also the Douglas Burrows Professor and Head of the Discipline of Pediatrics and Child Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Sydney. In 2008 was honored by the Human Genetics Society of Australasia for her achievements in genetic research. She is currently a member of the Children’s Hospital Research Executive and Research Committee, and the University of Sydney Medical Deans Advisory Committee. She is Chairman of the Genetics Sub Committee of the Australian Association of Neurologists.
Dr. North is widely acknowledged as a world leader in Neurofibromatosis research.
Anyone who wishes to meet privately with Dr. North during her visit please contact Bartlett Moore (713-794-4066) or Tracey Martin (713-792-6227)
The University Of Texas, Health Science Center, is in the process of conducting Rapamycin clinical trials, to treat NF patients with tumors on the body. I’m happy to say that I’m one of those being treated. I feel hopeful as well as others members in my family. My mother and sisters are happy to take part in this study. Second day in the study, and looking forward to what I believe will be a huge step in finding a cure for NF. I also plan to give updates on any improvements I see on my tumors.
Anyone needing information about taking part in the study, stay tuned. I will have more information on who to contact in Houston, for The Rapamycin Therapy.
Texas has been lobbying since 1997 to ensure that NF research continues to make progress. Since that time, over 200 million has been contributed to NF research programs. Within the last few years, research funds have steadily been decreasing. However, today I am proud to announce that they are “back up!” The House Appropriations Committee just ruled that another 25 million will go towards the 2010 Department of Defense NF Research program. This is a tremendous victory since last years projects only collected 10 million. That’s a 250% increase!
Thanks to all of you for writing your Representatives, It worked! And thanks to Reggie Bibbs, Sandra and Emily Parker, Dr. Slopis and Dr. Moore for taking the time to personally visit Representative Sheila Jackson Lee.
HOWEVER – The 25 MILLION IS NOT SECURED – YET. We still need YOUR HELP to SECURE THESE FUNDS! Please email, or better yet, hand write and fax a personal letter asking that our Senate approve the House Appropriations proposal of 25 million towards NF research. Thanks again, together we are making a difference!
Senator John Cornyn FAX: (202) 228 – 2856
Compose an online letter to Sen. Cornyn
Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison FAX: (202) 224-0776
Compose an online letter to Sen. Hutchison
The Carolyn Farb Endowed Lecture in Neurofibromatosis,
“Molecularly-driven Clinical Trials for Children and Young Adults with NF1″
Speaker: Roger Packer, M.D.
Executive Director and Chariman, Dept. of Neurology, Childrens’ National Medical Center, Washington, DC
Today was the Carolyn Farb Endowed Lecture Dealing with Neurofibromatosis, Roger Packer M.D. Spoke on Neurofibromatosis type1 and other topics, what could be good news for those of us that are affected by Neurofibromatosis. Lou videod if so we hope to have the video on the site soon.
You can see what Doctor Packer spoke about. I was there and I met the doctor along with Carolyn Farb, who made it possible for the NF clinics at MD Anderson. I know I felt great after hearing the lecture. Maybe you will as well. When we load the video watch and comment here. It may take time to get the video on, but I know we will have it for you. Thanks
Last night, Lou and I attended a special committee meeting to help plan and execute a fund-raiser to help those with NF in the Houston area. The fund-raiser will be held on Tuesday, April 22, 2008, at the Hotel Derek, in the Galleria area of Houston.
I am proud to be Honorary Chairman of this important event and I hope all of my friends can join me in this very worthy cause! Below is a letter from our Houston Highlights Chairman, Ishma Blackwell, detailing the event. It’s going to be a lot of fun!
“Reggie Bibbs was interviewed on Nov 23, 2007 for Wikinews describing what it is like living with neurofibromatosis and what he has done via his website, blog and other resources to increase awareness of NF.”