13 June 2017
FOUR PATIENT ASSOCIATIONS FUND THE INTERNATIONAL AHC REGISTRY
AHC Vereniging Nederland, AHC UK Support Group, Cure AHC (USA) and the AHC Association of Iceland have joined forces to fund the IAHCRC-CLOUD Platform, which will be operated by the IAHCRC Consortium in collaboration with patient driven AHC associations. This project is coordinated by the IAHCRC Data Manager Dr. Rosaria Vavassori and will be crucial for new studies, trials and collecting of information for the international AHC community.
The IAHCRC-CLOUD Platform is being developed and is hosted by the IEMEST Institute (Palermo, Italy) on behalf of the IAHCRC Consortium. It can be considered as a second generation Rare Disease Registry, based on the use of PaaS (Platform as a Service) software, which allows a peer sharing of research data, in a controlled and secure way, by all the involved stakeholders: patients, physicians, researchers, scientific and academic organizations.
The Platform will serve all the studies and Projects of the IAHCRC Consortium, and first of all the Study OBSERV-AHC (Prospective Observational Natural History and Therapy Study) proposed by Professor Mohamad Mikati, that will be launched soon.
Many heartfelt thanks to these four patient associations for their support to the studies of the IAHCRC Consortium and for their will to collaborate with all its members in the common effort to develop the research on AHC and all the ATP1A3 diseases, towards the final goal of an effective treatment.
14 May 2017
IAHCRC GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2017 and STUDY OBSERV-AHC
The IAHCRC General Assembly 2017 will take place next Tuesday, May 16th, via teleconference.
The IAHCRC members will also have a preliminary discussion about the project planning for the Study OBSERV-AHC, presented by Professor Mohamad Mikati to the AHCIA Patient Alliance last March.
The Study is based on an extensive data collection in the IAHCRC-CLOUD Platform, from both the patients and the referent clinicians.
Special thanks to Cure AHC for providing the teleconference service and for their continued support to the acivities and studies of the IAHCRC Consortium.
And many thanks in advance, to all the patient associations that will decide to co-fund the OBSERV-AHC Study, a cornerstone for any future clinical studies, advances and interventions in AHC.
2 - 3 February 2017
THE IAHCRC CONSORTIUM AT THE 5TH SYMPOSIUM ON PAEDIATRIC MOVEMENT DISORDERS
(Barcelona, 2 - 3 February 2017)
The IAHCRC Consortium will be presented by its Scientific Coordinator Prof. Alexis Arzimanoglou, at the 5th International Symposium on Paediatric Movement Disorders. Dr. Eleni Panagiotakaki will present the clinical spectrum of ATP1A3 gene mutations.
For more information about the Symposium, consult its Website
18 JANUARY 2017
THE DOCUMENTARY ABOUT AHC "HUMAN TIMEBOMBS" AVAILABLE IN 10 LANGUAGES ON THE DEDICATED WEBSITE
On the occasion of the International AHC Day, the new Website dedicated to the docu-film about AHC HUMAN TIMEBOMBS has just been opened. You can watch it in 10 languages.
The film was produced by the the Association AHC Iceland, on behalf of the AHCIA International Alliance of the Patient Representatives. By making Human Timebombs public, their hope is to help AHC families worldwide to get more understanding from people in their community. They also hope that more children will obtain an early and correct diagnosis because of the film and that more doctors and researchers will get interested in helping the AHC community to find a treatment for this rare, complex and devastating disease.
Please, visit the Website and spread the news!
18 JANUARY 2017
INTERNATIONAL AHC DAY
The international community of researchers, clinicians and families, working together everyday to find a cure for Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood (AHC), celebrate the AHC DAY 2017 on January 18th.
Exactly five years ago, the ATP1A3 gene was discovered as primary cause of AHC.
Visit the Website of AHCIA, the International Alliance of the AHC patient representatives.
30 October 2016
THE IAHCRC SCIENTIFIC COORDINATORS ELECTED FOR THE BIENNIUM 2017 - 2018
As determined by the Charter of the IAHCRC Consortium, the elections of the IAHCRC Scientific Coordinators for the biennium 2017 - 2018 took place during the last months of October and November.
The elections were conducted in full observance of the Internal Operating Procedure OPELCC Version V1.0 approved by the IAHCRC Assembly.
The Member Centers of the IAHCRC Consortium confirmed Professor Alexis Arzimanoglou (University Hospital of Lyon, France) as IAHCRC Scientific Coordinator and Prof. Mohamad Mikati (Duke University, School of Medicine, Durham, NC, USA) as IAHCRC Deputy Coordinator for the biennium 2017 - 2018.
Many thanks to Prof. Arzimanoglou and Prof. Mikati for accepting to continue the scientific coordination of the IAHCRC Consortium, with the aim to make it more stable and effective in the development of the collaborative research on AHC and all the ATP1A3 related diseases.
Special thanks to all the IAHCRC members worldwide, for their continued and invaluable contribution to the progress of the research on the ATP1A3 diseases, towards the final goal of an effective treatment and a better healthcare for all the affected patients.
26 October 2016
THE IAHCRC-CLOUD REGISTRY PLATFORM PRESENTED AT THE EUROPABIO's PATIENTS BIO-FORUM
(Brussels, 26 October 2016)
EuropaBio’s Patients Bio-Forum is a closed-door event which gathers representatives from patients groups and industry as well as other stakeholders (e.g. regulators, policymakers, academics, etc.) to discuss patient-centered issues in healthcare biotechnology. This recurring event allows stakeholders to present their perspectives on a given topic, while engaging in constructive and inquisitive round-table discussion.
The goal of the Patients Bio-Forum is to create a platform where all participants can share their learnings and challenges regarding the topic of choice, and to come away with a better understanding of how their counterparts perceive such issues.
EuropaBio is proud to host the October Patients Bio-Forum with the title of “Patient Registries: how to use and optimize them?”.
Patient registries have long been used in academic settings to generate observational data for research purposes. However, there has been a recent shift towards utilising patient registries for more than just traditional recruitment or sample collection, and towards opportunities to explore population behaviour, product usage as well as monitoring quality of healthcare. With the multitude of different types of registries that exist today, it is important that we optimise the use of these patient registries and understand the link between the importance of setting up high quality registries with different steps of the drug development cycle.
At the Patients Bio-Forum, the IAHCRC-CLOUD Registry Platform will be presented, a network of interconnected Registries serving the International Studies of the IAHCRC Consortium. Read
13 September 2016
The ATP1A3 diseases at the 12th European Congress on Epileptology
(Prague, 13 September 2016)
The members of the IAHCRC Consortium chaired and gave presentations at the Parallel Session dedicated to the ATP1A3 diseases, during the 12th European Congress on Epileptology organized in Prague by ILAE on 11 - 15 September 2016 link
21 July 2016
IAHCRC Workshop joint to the 5th Symposium on ATP1A3 in disease
for the validation of a new set of Common Data Elements about the Paroxysmal Events and Developmental Skills in AHC
by Mohamad Mikati, IAHCRC Deputy Coordinator - Duke University, USA
London, Holiday Inn London Bloomsbury
24 August 2016, 17.00 - 19.00 (before the start of the welcome buffet of the Symposium)
Since the discovery of the gene ATP1A3 as primary cause of AHC in 2012, the researchers involved in the study of the ATP1A3 rare diseases gather with all the stakeholders worldwide at the annual edition of the International Symposium on ATP1A3 in disease.
The Fifth Edition of the Symposium will take place in London, hosted at the National Institute of Neurology (University College London) by Professor Sanjay Sisodiya and Professor Helen Cross, members of the IAHCRC Consortium. Professor Sisodiya is the coordinator of the current IAHCRC Study about the heart disturbances in the ATP1A3 diseases.
A Workshop reserved to the IAHCRC members has been organized joint to the Symposium, with the aim to validate the new set of Common Data Elements (CDE’s) about the Paroxysmal Events and Developmental Skills in AHC. The new CDEs have been proposed by Prof. Mohamad Mikati, Deputy Coordinator of the IAHCRC Consortium, and his team of the AHC Clinic at the Duke University, Durham NC, USA.
A discussion for the finalization of the proposal, in view of its final validation at the Workshop, is taking place in the IAHCRC Forum, with the contribution of some patient representatives.
Once validated by the IAHCRC Consortium, the new CDE’s, will eventually become a standard tool for the comprehensive clinical care and follow-up for the AHC patients; they will also be used as a basis for the development of future IAHCRC Studies, in particular for large-scale trials on specific diagnostic or treatment questions.
For more information about the Fifth Symposium on ATP1A3 in disease (London, 24 - 26 August 2016), visit the official website
11 March 2016
IAHCRC PUBLIC COMMUNICATION N. 03-2016
ACTIVITY PLAN JANUARY – JUNE 2016
Alexis Arzimanoglou, Scientific Coordinator; Mohamad Mikati, Deputy Coordinator;
Eleni Panagiotakaki, Phenotyping Standardization Workgroup Leader; Rosaria Vavassori, Data Manager
Last October 2014, the IAHCRC International Consortium was created as a coordinated network of clinical centers and basic research labs, to carry out large-scale studies based on common collaboration rules and on common elements, formats and methods for the data and information sharing.
During this first year of life, the results of the first IAHCRC studies have been published on prestigious journals; some new studies and initiatives have been launched and many more have been planned for this current year.
The IAHCRC Common Data Elements have been defined by the Standardization Workgroups, adopted by the IAHCRC Studies carried out so far, and new datasets are going to be added for more specific studies and surveys.
Now, it has become strategic for the Consortium to involve all its members more deeply in all these initiatives, to reinforce our internal collaboration and cohesion as a group and to make our role and contribution clearer towards the ATP1A3 in disease community, as well as towards the whole scientific and health communities for rare diseases. We would also create new collaborations with all interested research groups, supporting partners and stakeholders.
With these objectives, we have planned many activities to carry out in this first semester 2016 with the support of the main patient associations for AHC. Among such initiatives, the development of the IAHCRC-Cloud Service, for the on-line data collection and sharing for the collaborative studies of the Consortium. The service is developed by the IEMEST Research Institute – Italy, an IAHCRC member Center.
We are also creating the on-line IAHCRC Forum, to facilitate the participation to the discussions about the main topics identified by the Standardization Workgroups and the contribution to the related activities. The Forum will be accessible by all the IAHCRC members and, upon invitation, also by external researchers, patients and any other stakeholders. Finally, we have scheduled the annual IAHCRC General Assembly in June, as the highest expression of participation and of collaboration, for the harmonic and positive contribution of all the IAHCRC members to the development of the research on AHC and all the ATP1A3 diseases.
If you need further information about the activities and studies of the Consortium, or are interested to join it, or want to propose new kinds of partnership and common initiatives, please, do not hesitate to contact us through our website.
Alexis Arzimanoglou, Mohamad Mikati, Eleni Panagiotakaki, Rosaria Vavassori and all the members of the IAHCRC Consortium
Read the pdf version of the IAHCRC Communication
01 October 2015 - The results of the first large-scale Study of the IAHCRC Consortium about the Genotype-Phenotype Correlations in AHC, have been published in the Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases.
The study is based on the intensive collection of the clinical and genetic data of 155 AHC patients from 9 different countries. The less frequent AHC-causing mutations of the ATP1A3 gene are grouped in clusters and their associated clinical features are analyzed in detail.
21 August 2015
A NEW ARTICLE ABOUT AN INTERNATIONAL STUDY OF THE HEART DISTURBANCES IN ALTERNATING HEMIPLEGIA OF CHILDHOOD (AHC) HAS BEEN PUBLISHED IN THE SCIENTIFIC JOURNAL BRAIN
Editorial comment and some follow up recommendations from the Coordinator of the Study Prof. Sanjay Sisodiya (University College of London, UK)
"As has always been clear, AHC is a complex condition. The discovery of its genetic cause has started to shed light on how the various aspects of the condition arise. It is important to understand all the different aspects of the condition, so that the best care can be provided to those who have AHC. We know that the main organ of the body involved in the effects of AHC is the brain.
A number of indicators pointed to possible involvement of the heart. One simple, painless and non-invasive way to look at the way the heart is working is the ECG (electrocardiogram, also known as an EKG). We therefore studied the ECG in people with AHC, and compared the findings to ECG records from people with epilepsy but without AHC and to well-known findings from healthy people. We found that some changes in the ECG were more commonly found in people with AHC than in healthy people, or people with epilepsy, suggesting that the changes relate directly to AHC.
These findings are an indication that AHC may affect the heart as well as the brain.
These findings are important, but not a cause for alarm.
We think that the findings should lead to a proper evaluation of heart function in people with AHC, especially in older people with the condition. Such an evaluation could include, for example, review by a cardiologist, perhaps with an ECG, an echocardiogram (a non-invasive, painless, ultrasound examination, to look at the structure of the heart) and longer monitoring of the ECG. Our findings are freely available on the BRAIN Website, and people with AHC, their families and carers might wish to discuss our findings with their specialists.
We are continuing to further explore our initial findings so that we can better understand how AHC might involve the heart, and so that we can provide better advice to people with AHC and their families, carers and doctors.
It is important that we continue to look into how the heart may be involved in AHC, because our initial findings suggest that any involvement may require careful evaluation by heart specialists and may also lead to advice on drugs that should perhaps be avoided in AHC."
The Article is available for Open Access on the BRAIN Website at this link
Read the pdf version of the Editorial Comment
29 - 31 July 2015 - The IAHCRC Consortium at the International Conference "Hands On: Biobanks 2015" (Milan, Italy, 29th - 31st July 2015)
A poster presentation of the IAHCRC Consortium was accepted at the International Conference "Hands On: Biobanks 2015" that took place at Milan EXPO from July 29th to July 31st www.handsonbiobanks.org
30 June 2015 - Since 2012, the researchers involved in the study of the ATP1A3 diseases gather with all the other stakeholders worldwide at the annual edition of the International Symposium on ATP1A3 in disease.
The Fourth Edition of the Symposium will take place in Washington, DC USA, next 27 – 29 August 2015. The Symposium is chaired by the team of one of the IAHCRC research centers, at the Columbia University, New York NY, in collaboration with the American Patient Association CureAHC. Many other researchers of the IAHCRC Consortium are contributing to the Symposium, as members of its Scientific Committee and as speakers, to present their research work on AHC and on the other ATP1A3 diseases.
A meeting of the IAHCRC members is being organized joint to the Symposium, with the aim to move the current collaborative studies of the Consortium forward, to launch new studies and to involve many more researchers and supporting partners worldwide.
The IAHCRC meeting will take place on Friday 2015, August 28th, at 6.30 pm, at the end of the sessions of the Symposium at the same venue.
All the info about the Symposium and the joint events are available on the official website.
26 June 2015 - New article provides overview of patient involvement in biobanking. A group of patient representatives, researchers and biobanking operators (including Rosaria Vavassori, Founder and Past President of the Italian Patient Association for Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood and Data Manager of the IAHCRC International Consortium) have published an article on the process of involving patients in biobanking activities. The review was published in the first edition of the new open-access journal “Research Engagement and Involvement”.
The case report "I.B.AHC - Italian Biobank and Clinical Registry for AHC" is included in the article, a project designed, coordinated and funded by the Italian Association in collaboration with its Scientific Committee. The IAHCRC Consortium is also introduced, as a network of homogeneous Clinical Registries and linked Biobanks at the national level, based on the I.B.AHC model of a joint governance by the patients and the researchers.
The article is available for open access at www.researchinvolvement.com/content/1/1/4
27 April 2015 - Professor Steven Petrou, at the Ion Channels & Disease Group, Epilepsy Division of the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, Parkville, Victoria, Australia, joined the IAHCRC Consortium as regular member. He will collaborate with professor Mohamad Mikati for a new project of the Modeling Standardization Workgroup.
10 April 2015 - Professor Mohamad Mikati, at the Duke University School of Medicine, Durham NC USA, kindly accepted to take the role of Deputy Coordinator of the IAHCRC Consortium. He will support Professor Alexis Arzimanoglou in the coordination of the activities of the Consortium and in all his functions of Scientific Coordinator.
20 January 2015 - In an article published online in Dec 2014 in Epilepsia, authors Hunanyan et al. reported on the development and characterization of a novel knock-in mouse model carrying the most common mutation associated with AHC (D801N). Their mouse model reproduces all the major characteristics of human AHC including paroxysmal hemiplegic and dystonic spells, abnormal gait, memory deficits, impulsivity and spontaneous recurrent seizures. Moreover, in vitro electrophysiologic slice experiments on hippocampal slices demonstrated that these mice are predisposed both to hyperexcitability (epilepsy) and spreading depression (hemiplegia) as compared to wild-type littermates. Link to article in PUBMED: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25523819
This video shows how the developed knock-in mouse model is remarkably accurate in matching the symptoms found in humans with the D801N mutation.
18 January 2015 - The World Patient Alliance AHCIA celebrated the Third International AHC Day with the slogan "Research gives hope". See also the short video on the website of the Alliance www.ahcia.org/research-gives-hope
7 January 2015 - the Scientific Coordinator Professor Alexis Arzimanoglou and the Data Manager of the IAHCRC Consortium met via TC, the patient representatives members of the International Alliance AHCIA, to present the Consortium and to discuss ways of collaboration and support to its activities and studies.
All the basic researchers and clinicians members of the IAHCRC Consortium highly believe in the positive contribution of the patients to the progress of the research on their ATP1A3 rare diseases and to the improvement of their health and social assistance, thanks to a mutual empowerment and a fair collaboration with them.
In particular, the patient associations can support the IAHCRC Consortium as not only funders, but also as active partners for the profitable, informed and ethic inclusion of the patients in its research projects and for the fast and efficient translation of the research results and information into the practices of the national health and social systems. link
11 December 2014 - the Data Manager Dr. Rosaria Vavassori, together with Dr. Elisa De Grandis of the Scientific Institute G. Gaslini, presented the IAHCRC Consortium at the professional training course "Neurological Pediatric Rare Diseases: Update on Research, PDTA’s and Related Disabilities" in Genoa, Italy. The course was directed by Professor Edvige Veneselli, head of the Department of Child Neuropsychiatry of the G. Gaslini Scientific Institute and Hospital, University of Genoa, Italy.
24 November 2014 - the Data Manager Dr. Rosaria Vavassori, with the Scientific Coordinator Professor Alexis Arzimanoglou as co-author, presented the IAHCRC Consortium at the Third International EPIRARE Workshop - Rare Disease and Orphan Drug Registries, organized in Rome by the National Center for Rare Diseases and the National Health Institute.
22 October 2014 - the Assembly of the founding members was summoned to review and approve the Charter of the IAHCRC Consortium.
The final IAHCRC Charter Version 1.1 was then validated definitively on November 14th, 2014 and the IAHCRC Consortium was officially created on that date (press release). Soon after that, two new Centers joined the Consortium as full members.
30 August 2014 - The IAHCRC Consortium was presented for the first time at the Third Symposium on ATP1A3 in disease (Lunteren, NL, 29 – 31 August 2014), by the Data Manager Dr. Rosaria Vavassori (presentation).