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History of PWSA (USA) Scientific Grants Awarded 1983- Present





September 2013 Matthew Daily Fellowship Award $25,000
September 2013 Fred Kweh  Fellowship Award  $25,000
September 2013 Ann Manzardo  Fellowship Award $25,000
December 2013 P.I Jennifer Miller, M.D./multisite study Oxytocin In Prader-Willi Syndrome  $75,000
Gregory Cherpes, M.D. -- Principle investigator; Jennifer Padden Elliott, Pharm.D. -- Co-Investigator Metabolic Risks Associated With Antipsychotic Medication  Use In Patients With Prader-Willi Syndrome.


Principle Investigator: Roxanne Diez Gross, Ph.D.. CCC/SLP Co-Principle Investigator: Gregory Cherpes, M.D. Pilot study examining swallowing function in persons with Prader-Willi Syndrome.


Daniel J. Driscoll, MD, PhD -- Principle investigator ; Jennifer Miller, MD, MS – Co-Investigator Nutritional Aspects of Prader-Willi Syndrome and Childhood Obesity: Understanding the Shift from Failure-To-Thrive to Hyperphagia.


Robert Nicholls, D.Phil A Pig Model for Hyperphagia and Obesity in PWS


Dr. Merlin G. Butler and Dr. Albert Poje at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, Kansas; in collaboration with Dr. Filipe Fregni at Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) & Startle Modulation to Evaluate Hyperphagia in PWS


September 2010 Barbara Whitman, Ph.D. & Susan Myers, M.D., Department of Pediatrics, St. Louis University School of Medicine in collaboration with Yie-Hwa Chang, Ph.D., Department of Biochemistry, St. Louis University School of Medicine Abnormal Proteins Drive the Hyperphagia in Prader-Willi Syndrome


September 2010 Merlin Butler, M.D., Ph.D., Kansas University Medical Center in collaboration with Dan J. Driscoll, Ph.D., Professor Pediatrics and Genetics, Departments of Pediatrics, Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, University of Florida, College of Medicine, Jan Marshall, B.A., Senior Professional Assistant at the Jackson Laboratory and the Genetics Coordinator of Alstrom Syndrome, Randi J. Hagerman, M.D., Medical Director, University of California-Davis, M.I.N.D. Institute and Professor of Pediatrics, Endowed Chair in Fragile X Syndrome Research Probing Genes for Hyperphagia in Rare Obesity-related Syndromes


February 2010 Rachel Wevrick, Ph.D., Department of Medical Genetics, University of Alberta Leptin Resistance in Mouse Models of Hyerphagia


February 2010 Jan C. Han, M.D., Senior Clinical Fellow, Unit on Growth and Obesity, Jack A. Yanovski, M.D., Ph.D., Head, Unit on Growth and Obesity Program in Developmental Endocrinology and Genetics, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, NIH Brain-Deprived Neurotrophic Factor in Prader-Willi Syndrome and MC4R Function-Altering Mutations


2009 Theresa Strong, Ph.D., University of Alabama at Birmingham PWS Research Strategy Workshop


2009 International Hyperphagia Conference, Baltimore, MD To bring together researchers from multiple rare disorders around the world dealing with the hunger and tremendous drive to consume food


2009 PWS Consortium for the RDCRN at NIH Rare Disease Clinical Research Consortium – a five year commitment to support research fellows committed to PWS research.


February 2009 Stefan Stamm, Ph.D., Department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, Univ. of Kentucky, College of Medicine Role of snoRNAs in Prader-Willi Syndrome


2008 Mary Mazaheri, M.S., Ph.D. candidate Impact of PWS on Healthy Siblings & Quality of Life for Caregivers


April 2008 Anastasia Dimitropoulos, Ph.D. Autistic Symptomatology in PWS:  Examining Behavioral and Neurobiological Similarities between PWS and Autism Spectrum disorders


December 2007 Heather Newkirk, Ph.D. Development of a Microsphere Suspension Assay for the High Throughput Screening of Prader-Willi Subjects


December 2007 Soo-Jeong Kim, M.D. Genetic Underpinnings of Restricted Repetitive Behavior


January 2007 Roja Montaghedi, M.D.
Moris Angulo, M.D.
Weill College of Cornell University, New York
The Effect of Rimonabant on Weight Gain and Body Composition in Children with PWS


January 2007 Varda Gross-Tsur, M.D.
Israel Hirsch,
Shaare Zedek Medical Center, Jerusalem
Gonadal Function in Infants, Adolescents and Young Adults with Prader-Willii Syndrome


January 2007 Douglas Bittle, Ph.D.
Merlin Butler, M. D.
Children’s Mercy Hospital
Expressions of Four Genes Between Chromosome 15 Breakpoints BP1 and BP2 in Subjects with PW.


December 2005 Drs. Wm. Klish and
Ann Scheimann
Baylor College of Medicine, TX
Impact of Dietary Content upon Gastrointestinal Motility in Individuals with PWS


December 2005 Dr. Teresa Reyes
Scripps Research Institute, FL
The Expression and Regulation of Necdin in the Mouse Central Nervous System: Relation to Hyperphagia


March 2005 Dr. Daniel J. Driscoll, Ph.D., Dr. Anthony Goldstone, Ph.D., Dr.
Jennifer Miller
University of Florida
Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Reduced Satiety in Prader-Willi Syndrome and Obesity


April 2005 Elisabeth M. Dykens Ph.D.
Vanderbilt University, TN
The Use of Psychotropic Medications in Prader-Willi Syndrome


December 2004 Dr. David A. Stevenson
University of Utah
Causes of Death in Prader-Willi Syndrome


July  2004 Elisabeth M. Dykens Ph.D.
Vanderbilt University, TN
The Use of Psychotropic Medications in Prader-Willi Syndrome


December 2003 Dr. Jean-Pierre Chanoine Effect of Somatostatin on Ghrelin Concentrations, Food Seeking Behavior, and Weight in Patients with PWS


August 2001 Dr. Nathan A. Shapira
University of Florida
Neuroanatomical Correlates of Hunger and Satiation in Patients with PWS (using functional MRI before and after treatment with Topiramate)



October 2000 Dr. Susan Sell
University of Alabama
Neuroanatomical Correlates of Hunger Satiation in Subjects with PWS using Positron Emission Tomography


July 2000 Dr. Nathan A. Shapira
University of Florida
Open Pilot Study of Topiramate in Adults with Prader-Willi Syndrome


July 2000 Dr. R. Tracy Ballock
University Hospitals of Cleveland
Orthopaedic Manifestations of Prader-Willi Syndrome


October 1999 Dr. Susan Sell
University of Alabama
Neuroanatomical Correlates of Hunger Satiation in Subjects with PWS using Positron Emission Tomography


July 1998  Dr. Susan Sell
University of Alabama
Relationship Between Obesity and Risk for Diabetes in Subjects with Prader-Willi Syndrome


October 1997 Dr. Gila Hertz Assessment of Excessive Daytime Sleepiness in Patients with Prader-Willi Syndrome


August 1997 Dr. Anastasia Dimitropoulos
Vanderbilt University
The Development of Behavioral Problems and Eating Disorders in Children with PWS


June 1996 Dr. Wevrick
University of Alberta
Imprinted Genes in PWS


January 1995  Dr. DeMario
University of Connecticut
Central Autonomic System Study


July 1994  Dr. Coppes
University of Calgary
PWS Cancer Research


July 1992 Dr. Cloutier
University of Connecticut
Pulmonary Function and Exercise in PWS


July 1991 Drs. Greenswag & Whitman
University of Iowa and University of St. Louis
Psychotropic Medication Drug Study


January 1991 Dr. Susan Cassidy
University of Arizona
Classification Study


July 1990 Dr. Vanja Holm
University of Washington
Diagnostic Criteria


December 1989 Drs. Greenswag & Whitman
University of Iowa and St. Louis University
Psychotropic Medication Drug Study


July 1989 Drs. Moores & Nostrom
Exercise Program for PWS


June 1988 Drs. Costiff & Ruvalcabra
University of Washington
Twelve Hour Study of Nocturnal Growth Hormone Secretion of PWS


June 1987 Drs. Favus & Walzak
University of Chicago
Bone Disease Study


June 1986 Dr. Pool, et al
University of Connecticut
Orofacial and Dermatolglyphic
Characteristics in Patients with PWS


June 1983 Oakwood Residence
Behavior Management Study




edited: 02/02/2014

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