A short history of Pitt-Hopkins Syndrome
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Oct 17, 2013  |  Vote 0    0

A short history of Pitt-Hopkins Syndrome

St. Marys Journal Argus

Dear Editor:

Thank you for sharing the leadership of Little Falls Public School and my colleagues at St. Marys Town Council on supporting the first annual Pitt Hopkins Awareness Day.

I wanted to share some specific dates with you:

1978 — first paper published by Drs. Pitt and Hopkins describing children with similar symptoms, naming it Pitt Hopkins Syndrome.

2007 — first genetic blood test became available identifying deletions, mutations in the 18th chromosome.

2010 — Mitchell Hainer formally diagnosed.

2011 — PHRF (Pitt Hopkins Research Foundation) formed

— US-based. This is the organization leading the fundraising and, in the Spring 2012, it funded its first research projects.

We believe there are advances that will impact other learning, memory and movement disorders, such as Alzheimer’s, Epilepsy and Parkinson’s.

Mitchell is so fortunate to consider many in our community friends, and we appreciate your time learning more about him and Pitt Hopkins.

Lynn, Rick and Mitchell Hainer

St. Marys

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