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From LA: CTF Convenes Schwannomatosis Experts; Acoustic Neuroma Meeting Follows

By July 26, 2011December 5th, 2023Awareness, SWN

On June 27th-28th the Children’s Tumor Foundation is convening a Schwannomatosis Workshop (think tank) in Los Angeles. International expert researchers and clinicians will review the most recent findings in schwannomatosis research and clinical care, share progress and chart the future path to improving care and finding effective treatments for schwannomatosis.  I look forward to reporting the outcome of  the next 2 days of meetings. Below is a preview to set the stage.

I’ll be staying in LA for the remainder of the week to attend the Acoustic Neuroma 2011 Meeting which includes a lot of NF2-relevant presentations, and will be reporting on that later in the week too.
Schwannomatosis is the most rare form of neurofibromatosis affecting an estimated 1:40,000 persons. It causes the growth of multiple peripheral nerve tunors called schwannomas, and in addition it causes chronic, severe and unmanageable pain. There are no treatments for this. For a long time schwannomatosis was not well understood and in fact the first guidelines for its clinical diagnosis were not published until 2005.  A breakthrough came in 2007 with the publication of the first candidate schwannomatosis gene, INI-1/SmarcB1/Snf5. This gene has emerged to be a key player in schwannomatosis but interestingly there may also be involvement of the NF2 gene in the onset and progression of schwannomatosis. Schwannomatosis research faces added challenges as there are so few patients, so to accelerate progress CTF has brought this community of researchers and clinicians together since 2007 for a series of think tanks and they have shared and collaborated extensively with each other. CTF has been a major force in advancing schwannomatosis research in the past 4 years since the candidate gene was identified. In addition to hosting the think tanks, CTF has invested more than $700,000 in schwannomatosis research in this period. Projects we have funded include the creation of a schwannomatosis patient database now up and running;  the creation of the first 2 mouse models of schwannomatosis, both of which are now  being utilized for preclinical drug testing to reduce tumor growth and pain; and further genetics studies. Look for updates from the schwannomatosis think tank in the next day or so!