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We are in an exciting and hopeful place in Batten disease research history. Not very long ago, scientists were unsure of the genetic cause of juvenile Batten disease, why cellular processes go awry, and, because of this, were at a loss as to how to fix the problem. Today, we can identify mistakes in DNA that cause the disease. We understand much of what goes wrong and are even able to slow the disease in our animal models! With your support and funding from Beyond Batten Disease Foundation, researchers have identified three potential compounds that may be used to treat children with juvenile Batten disease and are looking for more.
Passion is our driver. Strategy is our compass. With your support, Beyond Batten Disease Foundation (BBDF) has developed a dynamic plan to diagnose and prevent juvenile Batten disease while at the same time investing in the most promising research to treat children and families living with the disease. Since the foundation’s inception in August 2008, we have made exciting progress. With help from donors, we have 1) developed an easy and inexpensive test to prevent Batten and hundreds of other rare and devastating diseases, and 2) invested in research projects and strategies that are accelerating progress toward a cure.
Beyond Batten Disease Foundation is spearheading a unique, cohesive strategy that incorporates independent scientific resources and collaborations with related funding organizations to drive research into Batten Disease. Watch the following video to see how Beyond Batten Disease Foundation is working with academia, the pharmaceutical industry, and government agencies to cross the “Valley of Death” between initial scientific discoveries and meaningful progress toward treatments and cures.