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Research Grants

At the core of Dysautonomia International's mission is the advancement of medical research on autonomic disorders. Research is the key to understanding what causes autonomic disorders, how to best treat them, and hopefully someday how to cure them. As federal research dollars are increasingly sparse, it has become more important than ever for the patient community to band together to support dysautonomia research.

Dysautonomia International launched in the fall of 2012. After our first year of fundraising, in December of 2013, we awarded our first four research grants.

Dr. Svetlana Blitshetyn, University of Buffalo School of Biomedical Sciences
Autoimmune markers and autoimmune disorders in patients with Postural Tachycardia Syndrome

Dr. Kamal Chemali, Eastern Virginia Medical School
Effect of Music Tempo and of Pre-Determined versus Preferred Music on Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome.

Dr. Satish Raj, Vanderbilt University Autonomic Dysfunction Center
Modafinil and Cognitive Function in Postural Tachycardia Syndrome

Dr. Julian Stewart & Dr. Andrew Del Pozzi
New York Medical College Center for Hypotension
Cerebral Vascular Response to Nitric Oxide in Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome

In the summer of 2014, we allocated funding towards two additional research grants, both related to the same project:

Dr. David Kem, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
POTS Antibodies Research Project

Dr. Satish Raj, Vanderbilt University Autonomic Dysfunction Center
POTS Antibodies Research Project

In additional to providing funding for the POTS Antibodies Research Project, Dysuatonomia International invited Dr. Raj to collect serum samples from patient and healthy volunteers during our 2014 annual conference. Vanderbilt's research team collected 180 serum samples in two days, which would have taken more than a year had the same project occurred in a normal research lab setting. Faster research means faster answers!

Thanks to very generous anonymous donor, in early 2015 we issued a $200,000 three-year research fellowship to provide further support to Dr. Kem's antibodies research. The "Meghan's Hope POTS Research Fellowship" will allow a post-doctoral researcher to focus the next three years studying adrenergic antibodies in POTS, with the goal of developing a rapid diagnostic test so that testing for these antibodies becomes widely available. Dr. Kem's team also hopes to develop a novel peptide that could be used to block harmful antibodies believed to cause POTS symptoms.

We are looking forward to funding additional research soon. Your donations make this happen. Donate today!

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