Sonia Vallabh & Eric Minikel

Sonia Vallabh & Eric Minikel

Boston, MA

Prion Alliance, Massachusetts General Hospital



Published on Apr 25, 2014

Experiment update and life update

Hi supporters!It's now been over half a year since you helped us surpass our fundraising goal on Microryza (now! We've owed you an update for a while now. The study of anle138b in t...

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Published on Sep 26, 2013

Goal 3 reached - GSS, FFI and E200K studies all funded

Dear supporters, Thanks to your generosity we have now raised funds for all three of our goals. This will enable us to study anle138b in three different models of genetic prion disease including ...

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Published on Sep 16, 2013

Project funded! 9 days to fundraise for FFI and E200K

This morning at 6:45 am our project tipped! We are now at 100% and this study of anle138b in GSS mice will happen! Thanks so much to all of you for making this a reality. And a special thanks t...

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Published on Sep 06, 2013

Reflections on genetic testing

Good news! For those who haven't noticed, our project reached 75% funded this week, in less than half of the six week schedule of the campaign. Thanks so much to all of you who have made this pos...

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Published on Aug 23, 2013

New models of fatal familial insomnia and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease have arrived

We are fresh off of our first week of Microryza fundraising and we have already reached 40% of our goal. A huge thanks to all of you who have helped to make this happen! We are feeling very opti...

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Published on Aug 19, 2013

Progress update, motivation for the study and publication plans

We're off to a fantastic start: this project is 25% funded after just our first weekend! A huge thanks to everyone who has chipped in and everyone who has helped to spread the word. For those who...

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In response to Christine and Oscar, yes, it seems the plaques are more of a side effect. Some prion strains don't even cause plaques. We still don't really know what _is_ neurotoxic though - there are a number of different theories, and more than one of them may be correct. A lot of scientists se...more