The first biobank in Australia aiming to improve research and treatments into rare genetic diseases caused by changes to genes on chromosome 15, including Prader-Willi Syndrome and Angelman Syndrome, will be established at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI).
Data generated by the biobank will be analysed using advanced artificial intelligence software to identify biological pathways that are disrupted in these disorders, with the aim of developing new treatments.
Data and biological specimens from the biobank will also be made available to other researchers and industry, maximising the impact of sample collection for people and their families affected with these rare and complex genetic diseases.
The biobank initiative has been made possible by over $150,000 in funding. This included a $65,000 Perpetual 2020 IMPACT Philanthropy grant funded by the Laurence G & Jean E Brown Charitable Trust, $25,000 from donors to the PWRFA granted to co-investigators Associate Professor Godler and Professor Amor, $25,000 in-kind contribution from Professor Godler’s lab, as well as, $45,000 for a two year fellowship awarded by FAST to MCRI Dr Emma Baker.
Read the press release here.
If you are a parent of a person with Angelman syndrome in Australia click here for further information about participation.