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Elucidating Shared Mechanisms of Pediatric and Adult Neurodegeneration


Award Collaborative Pairs Pilot Project Awards (2020)
Disease General Neurodegeneration

Project Description

While typically viewed as diseases of aging, neurodegenerative diseases can affect anyone. There are many commonalities between pediatric and adult neurodegenerative conditions, and rare monogenic pediatric conditions have provided important insight into understanding common mechanisms of neurodegeneration. For example, pediatric diseases like Leigh Syndrome and Batten disease have been informative for understanding the role of autophagy and mitochondrial and lysosomal dysfunction in neurodegeneration. This project will expand the functional genomics pipeline at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to leverage deep phenotyping, multi-omics and animal models to understand the mechanisms underlying a collection of rare monogenic pediatric neurodegenerative diseases.

This project was selected for the second phase of the Collaborative Pairs RFA.


Investigators

Rebecca Ahrens-Nicklas
Rebecca Ahrens-Nicklas
Elizabeth Bhoj
Elizabeth Bhoj
Marylyn Ritchie
Marylyn Ritchie