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10 Sep History of CMT Research at the University of Washington



Presented at the 2018 CMTA Seattle Patient & Family Conference
by Thomas Bird, MD
Director of the Neurogenetics Clinic
University of Washington

Dr. Thomas Bird is one of the founders of the field of clinical neurogenetics in this country, having established the first adult neurogenetics clinic at the University of Washington in 1974. His research career has focused on disease gene identification and genotype/phenotype correlations.

Dr. Bird and his colleagues have identified causative mutations in genes affecting a broad range of neurogenetics disorders including early onset Alzheimer disease (PSEN2), frontotemporal dementia (MAPT), CMT1B (MPZ), HNPP (PMP-22 del), and CMT1C (SIMPLE/LITAF).

Dr. Bird is head of the Division of Neurogenetics in the UW Department of Neurology and an investigator in the Geriatrics Research Education and Clinical Center at the VAPSHCS, the UW Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center and the UW Center for Human Development and Disability. He is Emeritus Professor of Neurology and Medical Genetics at the University of Washington.

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  • Jacq Werner
    Posted at 03:33h, 10 September

    Seattle University is where my family was diagnosed actually my daughter was diagnosed by her pediatrician he was the head of neurology at University of Washington's children's hospital and he discovered in a clinical visit at his regular practice just by her gait he thought she had CMT. so he sent her to the university to get an an ENG and she also had an MRI done to rule out cerebral palsy. And then he discovered she had CMT which we did know ran in our family but I had not myself had experience with anyone in a first-person it was always a second cousin or somebody down the road that I didn't really know. Well then he decided to put her on physical occupational therapy speech therapy swim therapy. She went to regular school half the day and then she went to an occupational School the other half of the day and at this time she was 4 years old. she's now 32 and because of the early intervention her progression of the disease has been a very slow one. I however as her mother I was diagnosed around the same time by genetic test done by University of Washington and it did say I had CMT type 1 now I'm 54 and I am completely losing all function of my legs mostly, I have no balance. so currently I'm going through therapies of my own but I just wanted to give a shout out to the University of Washington because they are very special campus, school and medical facility and I adore them and they are exceptional at what they do and I just wanted to thank them I hope they do see this message because they did save my child of a life that could have been a lot harder for her than it is because of their early intervention, and I just cannot thank them enough. If anyone else out there thinks that their family has this disease or it runs in their family and if you can make a way to find an appointment to go to University of Washington do it because they are absolutely the best!!!!! unfortunately I currently live in Florida and they do have some services but not like they do in Seattle.

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