Entries by Fumihiko Urano

Wolfram Research Clinic – Day 0

By Dr. Fumihiko Urano Our annual Wolfram syndrome research clinic will start today, and I met with most of the patients and their families last night. I have been very impressed by them. In this clinic, we don’t provide any treatment. We just collect information and samples from patients, their parents and siblings. All of […]

Patient-Based Therapeutics Part 6

Wolfram Syndrome iPS Cells Progress I received many emails regarding our progress on Wolfram syndrome induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS cells) in the past two weeks. I would like to update you on a few things. As I mentioned in my previous blogs, we have created many iPS cells from skin cells of patients with […]

Patient Based Therapeutics – Part 4

Patient-Based Therapeutics Part 4 – Drug Screening Progress Based on the data obtained from our patients, animal models, and cell models of Wolfram syndrome, we found that calcium depletion of the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) plays a role in the pathogenesis of Wolfram syndrome. So we have been looking for drugs that can prevent ER calcium-depletion-mediated […]

In Memory of K by Dr. Fumihiko Urano

A Few weeks ago, a young woman who had been battling Wolfram syndrome for many years passed away.  Everyone knew, loved and supported her.  Below is a touching blog post from Washington University School of Medicine’s Dr. Fumihiko Urano about our friend, Ms. K. In Memory of K Yesterday I was heartbroken because I learned […]

Patient-Based Therapeutics Part 3

Research Update from Dr. Fumihiko Urano Patient-Based Therapeutics Part 3 Instead of introducing my research activities,  I would like to introduce my colleagues today. I have a lot of colleagues who have been helping me develop diagnostics and therapeutics for Wolfram at the Washington University Medical Center. Without their help, I cannot accomplish anything. I […]