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Funding Awarded to University College- Dublin to Study Warburg Micro


Warburg Micro Foundation Announces Funding for Innovative RAB 18 Deficiency Research Project

DUBLIN, MAY 7, 2023——The Warburg Micro Foundation is pleased to announce that the O’Sullivan Lab at University College – Dublin is the recipient of a 2-year grant from The Irish Research Council for a groundbreaking research project focusing on Warburg Micro Syndrome, a disorder currently without treatment or cure. This project, led by researcher Ailbhe Conway, will be in partnership with the Warburg Micro Research Foundation and is scheduled to begin in September this year.

The new research project will investigate the loss of Rab18 in fruit flies and whether certain drugs can rescue neurodegeneration, providing valuable insights into the mechanisms behind the disorder. The research aims to deepen our understanding of the condition and ultimately pave the way towards discovering effective treatments.

Zoe Giannotti, a representative from the foundation, expressed her gratitude to all those who contributed to the successful grant application. “We’re thrilled to embark on this exciting research journey and incredibly grateful for the support we’ve received from our donors, partners, and the scientific community.”

The Warburg Micro Foundation and Dr O’Sullivan remain committed to furthering research in this area and plan to pursue funding for a follow up study to expand the project scope to include zebrafish. These additional investigations would provide a comprehensive understanding of vision issues in relation to RAB 18 deficiency as well as confirm therapy results from the initial research.

This new project marks a significant milestone in the ongoing study of Warburg Micro Syndrome, and the foundation is optimistic about the progress that will be made in the coming years.

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About The Warburg Micro Foundation

The Warburg Micro Foundation is a non profit organization dedicated to advancing research, raising awareness, and finding treatments for Warburg Micro Syndrome, a rare genetic and neurological disorder. With a focus on collaboration and innovation, the foundation brings together researchers, healthcare professionals, and families affected by the disorder to drive progress towards better understanding and ultimately, a treatment.

For further information, please contact: curewarburgmicro@gmail.

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