26 January 2012 Baylor College of Medicine announced awards of the first Alkek Center for Metagenomics and Microbiome Research pilot project grants. The Press release list six funded projects. At the top of their list is:
Dr. Melissa Ramocki, assistant professor in pediatrics – neurology – Organismal Shift in the MECP2 Duplication Syndrome.The goal of this project is to examine how the health and susceptibility to infection of those with MECP2 duplication syndrome are affected by others. People with this disorder can suffer from regression in developmental abilities, recurrent respiratory infections and chronic gastrointestinal disorders. They are also more susceptible to atypical bacterial and viral infections. People with this disorder and their families will be monitored and tested over a period of time.
Congratulations to Dr. Ramocki!
This funding is for pilot projects that may lead to larger, longer-term research. The proposed project has the potential to produce results with direct application to better treatment for children and adults with MECP2 Duplication Syndrome. This is great news that offers some hope to families.