Help us Fight Blau Syndrome: Raise Funds for a Blau Scholar
I’m personally excited about Leah as she is committed to the Blau community! We are investing in a brilliant mind who aims to shape the future of Blau Syndrome. I ask that you partner with us by going to our Fundraising page on our website and donating.
-Keira, 15 years old with Blau Syndrome
Doctoral Student, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, Oregon, USA
Our Foundation recognizes the importance of investing in the next generation of Blau Syndrome scientists. As a rare disease, there are no existing drugs tailored to fight Blau Syndrome and treatment consists of using off-label medications, with the hopes of putting the disease in remission or managing symptoms to improve quality of life. Even with aggressive medicine, many patients fight to keep their vision, mobility and organ function.
The need for brilliant minds who can shape the future of Blau Syndrome led us to Leah Huey, our very first, “Blau Scholar!” Leah is a doctoral student at Oregon Health Science University in Portland, OR, USA, who is dedicating her scientific pursuits to Blau Syndrome. She works in Dr. Ruth Napier's lab, which is home to the only mouse models with Blau Syndrome and also contains rare Blau Syndrome patient blood samples.
Leah’s doctoral studies will utilize patient blood cells to determine the mechanism by which mutations in NOD2 affect T cell function and cause uveitis and arthritis, two of the largest and most debilitating symptoms of Blau Syndrome. Results of this investigation may be useful as biomarkers of disease or therapeutic targets for future drug development.
What is Blau Syndrome?
Blau Syndrome is a rare and degenerative disease that causes uveitis, inflammatory arthritis, and organ inflammation which can be life-threatening. The condition is caused by mutations in the NOD2 gene, which provides instructions for making a protein involved in the immune system and manifests before the age three. There is no cure for Blau Syndrome or targeted therapies and the disease can be diagnosed through a simple blood test.
“Today’s Research, Tomorrow’s Cure” launches on Sunday, October 8, 2023 and will end on December 31, 2023.
Our goal is to raise $40,000 to support the position of a doctoral student “Blau Scholar” at Oregon Health Science University.
How to Donate:
Donating is easy! Pay via Paypal or Venmo by clicking on our “Donate” button on website, through Facebook, or mail a check to:
Cure Blau Syndrome Foundation
17460 Bristlecone Lane
Yorba Linda, CA 92886 USA
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Erica Howell, Ph.D., Executive Director, Cure Blau Syndrome Foundation