A geneticist from the Baylor College of Medicine is the recipient of $1 million to study the mechanism behind Ehlers Danlos syndrome, an inheritable and degenerative disorder of the connective tissues, deemed to be incurable.
Geneticist Dr. Brendan Lee of the Baylor College of Medicine was given a gift of $1 million by Dr. and Mrs. David Ott to fund his research on Ehlers Danlos syndrome, which is a disorder that renders the body unable to produce sufficient collagen, leading to weak tendons and ligaments, and eventually deficient skin healing and joints that are hypermobile. The gift is also meant to mark the beginning of the Pamela and David Ott Fund for Heritable Disorders of Connective Tissue and Ehlers Danlos syndrome (EDS).
Dr. Lee revealed in recent comments that there have been many studies and new developments on the genetic disorders of connective tissues, including Osteogenesis Imperfecta, Achondroplasia and Marfan syndrome, leading to a number of innovative therapies. However, there still remains a great need for a deeper understanding of these disorders.
This new fund is only the beginning of Dr. and Mrs. David Ott’s foundation, which aims to support promising research programs on the diseases affecting connective tissue, and hopefully find a cure for individuals living with hypermobile joints, poor skin healing and recurring ligament and tendon injuries.
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