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Great Changes Are Coming

I have always had great intuition (good or bad), ask my friends and family! The Snow Foundation has hired a new President and CEO, Dr. Saad Naseer, who is driven and ready to make our dreams become reality. The foundation is finally receiving the full time attention and direction it deserves, which means Wolfram syndrome […]

A Mom on a Mission!

A quick description of my job; work 24/7, deal with scientists, researchers, doctors, philanthropists, sports figures, political figures, full time advocate for rare disease, counselor for parents and patients, breakfast, lunch, dinner meetings, travel around the world, public speaker, accountant, secretary, marketing and most important Fundraiser. ​​Combine all the above and they do not equal […]

Living With Wolfram Syndrome – Lauren Gibilisco

It’s been 10 years since I graduated from High School. We had our 10th year reunion this last weekend. I had to find someone who could help lead me around. I love my mom but going to a reunion with your mom is just not cool, so I asked my friend Meredith to take me. The […]

Living With Wolfram Syndrome

Maybe or Maybe Not Originally, I was told that Vocational Rehabilitation could provide financial assistance towards a street legal golf cart. When I first heard these words I was exhilarated to think that independent transportation is a possibility. I am still not full time at the wellness and rehabilitation center I work for so financial […]

Living With Wolfram Syndrome – Adam Zwan

New Beginnings Wolfram Syndrome is a rapid aging and deterioration of the central nervous system. The damages consist of diabetes, chronic kidney failure, deafness, and blindness; it’s not anything to be ashamed of, it’s just not something worth bragging about on the first date. Throughout life I have experienced my fair share of health issues, […]

High sugar levels in the brain and neurodegeneration

My top priorities are to: 1) repurpose a FDA-approved drug and 2) develop novel drugs for Wolfram syndrome. I am also looking into environmental factors, diets, and life-styles that can potentially delay the progression of Wolfram syndrome. One of the possibilities I am looking into is to keep our blood sugar steady (i.e., maintain normoglycemia). […]

Living With Wolfram Syndrome – Adam Zwan

Independence I recently moved out of my parents’ home to live on my own in an apartment all in an effort to gain some independence and self-sufficiency. It has been a start to the next chapter in my life with both pros and cons. It feels good to depend on myself to fulfill everyday tasks […]

Raise Awareness of Wolfram Syndrome in Asia together with Dr. Barrett

Dr. Barrett and I gave lectures on Wolfram syndrome at the Japan-Korea Diabetes Symposium in Japan this week. Our lectures were successful. I had a chance to speak with Japanese physicians who see patients with Wolfram syndrome. The president of Japanese Diabetes Association, Dr. Tanizawa, and the President of the American Diabetes Association, Dr. Dagogo-Jack, […]

Create a new drug based on an old drug

My current priority is to bring an existing drug that can control endoplasmic reticulum (ER) functions to our patients with Wolfram syndrome. However, this is not good enough to halt the progression and/or reverse symptoms. We need to design a new drug that is specifically designed for Wolfram syndrome. How can we achieve this? We […]

Living With Wolfram Syndrome – Lauren Gibilisco

When I was 13 I saw a low vision specialist. He was trying different devices on me to get my vision a little better. Then he told me “you will never ever drive.” Well that about told me what my future was going to be like. But I was going to prove the doctor wrong. […]