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On March 28, 2008, my husband Craig and I received the devastating news that our daughter, Christiane had been diagnosed with a very rare neurodegenerative disease called Batten Disease. Batten Disease

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December 2015

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BBDF Funds Research at Cardiff University

November 16, 2015 – Austin, TX – Beyond Batten Disease Foundation is supporting research by Dr. Emyr Lloyd-Evans and his colleagues at the School of Biosciences at Cardiff University in Wales. The project explores a new hypothesis that has implications

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BBDF Funds Researcher to Study Fundamentals of CLN3 Protein

October 19, 2015 – Austin, TX – Beyond Batten Disease Foundation (BBDF) has begun funding Susan Cotman, PhD, an Assistant Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School and Assistant in Neuroscience at the Massachusetts General Hospital. The focus of Dr.

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October 2015

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Evotec and Beyond Batten Disease Foundation collaborate to advance emerging therapies to fight juvenile Batten Disease

Hamburg, Germany – 18 October 2015: Evotec AG (Frankfurt Stock Exchange: EVT, TecDAX, ISIN: DE0005664809) today announced an EVT Execute collaboration with Beyond Batten Disease Foundation (“BBDF”) aimed at discovering and developing new treatments for juvenile Batten (CLN3) disease, a

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Beyond Batten Disease Foundation Kicks Off the First Family Night Fundraising Event at Schlitterbahn Waterpark and Sets the Second Event for September 2016

Austin, Texas – October 5, 2015– The Beyond Batten Disease Foundation celebrated a family-fun night at Schlitterbahn in New Braunfels in September to raise funds to find treatments or a cure for juvenile Batten disease. The waterpark was closed for

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Growing Up With a Deadline

By Maria Edible on Narratively

Published on August 10, 2015

Sammie stares out the window, where the sun is just starting to replace the rain. Around her neck: a raspberry, pig-shaped pillow. She groans faintly as her mother places a

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This Austin Mom Is Helping The Fight Against Batten Disease

By Abby Roddel on Austin.com

Published on July 24, 2015

Austin mom Charlotte Benson has a 12-year-old girl named Christiane who is facing an incredibly challenging life. There are no treatments yet for Christiane’s condition. No cure. She has juvenile

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Beyond Batten Disease Foundation announces Craig Benson’s appointment to the NRI International Advisory Board

Austin, TX – July 15, 2015 – Beyond Batten Disease Foundation (BBDF) is pleased to announce Craig Benson’s appointment to the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute (NRI) International Advisory Board. Consistent with BBDF’s strategy and goals to connect

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Beyond Batten Disease Foundation Renowned Italian Researcher Publishes Groundbreaking Research in Top International Scientific Publication

Austin, Texas – June 9, 2015 – Beyond Batten Disease Foundation (BBDF) announces groundbreaking research published in Nature Cell Biology. The lysosome biology research is leading the way to a cure for juvenile Batten Disease.

“We think this research is

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May 2015

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Possible

Christiane Christmas 2014

Have you ever wondered if you are relevant, significant, or if anything you do really matters? Sometimes I get moving so fast, occupied with my daily activities, and whirling in a million directions, that I wonder at the end

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Beyond Batten Disease Foundation Joins Innovative Network of Venture Philanthropies

Austin, Texas – May 12, 2015 – Beyond Batten Disease Foundation has become a participating organization of The Research Acceleration and Innovation Network (TRAIN), a program of FasterCures, bringing the total number of venture philanthropies in TRAIN to 80.

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5th annual ‘Run to the Sun’ helps girl with rare disease

By Quita Culpepper on KVUE

Published on April 10, 2015

AUSTIN – A run will be held this weekend to help benefit a girl with a rare disease.

The Beyond Batten Disease Foundation was founded by Craig and Charlotte Benson

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