The “Mini-Clinic”: News from the Wolfram Research Clinic at Washington University

imgresLast summer, we had a successful research clinic, with 24 patients and their families attending from all over the world and the US. We welcomed three new patients to our group this year and in a whirlwind 4 days, we performed 22 MRI scans and over 350 individual appointments!

Since then, we have identified additional patients that are good candidates for this study or who are interested in a clinical consultation (or both). Rather than waiting until next summer to collect the research data, we have started to bring these families in to WU one at a time. We call this a ‘mini-clinic’. Each patient undergoes the same tests with our usual wolfram research clinic doctors and investigators, staying overnight in St. Louis. So far, we have done this with 2 families, and 2 more are being scheduled. The mini-clinic has been working quite well and is a nice option for families that can’t or don’t want to travel to St. Louis in July. It also helps us get more data at a quicker pace, which is in the best interests of everyone.

We have also seen four new patients for clinical consultations and for diagnosis of Wolfram.   We are always happy to consult with patients or their physicians about whether they might have Wolfram and how to obtain testing. We can also arrange for them to have care by any of our team who has experience with Wolfram.

Thank you to all of the families for participating in all of our research, and to all of our colleagues and staff who help make the big research clinic and our new mini-clinics happen so smoothly.

Tamara Hershey, Ph.D.
Psychiatry, Neurology and Radiology
Washington University School of Medicine
Scientific Director of Clinic and PI, NIH R01 “Tracking Neurodegeneration in Early Wolfram Syndrome”

Bess Marshall, M.D.
Washington University School of Medicine
Medical Director of Clinic