As many of you are aware, Science Magazine featured my basic, translational, and clinical research on Wolfram syndrome. The article covers the history of Wolfram syndrome and its research.
This is a rare and amazing opportunity for us to raise awareness of Wolfram syndrome. Science initially interviewed me on endoplasmic reticulum stress (ER stress: Mechanisms of Wolfram syndrome) and its adaptive response called Unfolded Protein Response last year because ER stress scientists were Nobel Prize candidates. I was also interviewed by other major media companies around the same time. The Nobel Prize in Medicine was awarded to scientists who discovered the hepatitis C virus last year, and none of my comments were published. However, Science Magazine became interested in Wolfram syndrome during my interview and ended up writing an article exclusively on it. I did not know they would really publish this until it was published. I did not know the content or who else they had interviewed for the article. My comments and appreciation for the members of the WashU Wolfram research team were not there due to the space limit, I believe, for which I felt sorry.
I was amazed and so grateful for this opportunity. This article is written so well. The content is accurate and very clear. I was impressed by the incredible writing skills of the editors of Science Magazine. As the rare disease day approaches, I sincerely hope this article raises awareness of Wolfram syndrome.
With grace and gratitude,
Fumihiko Urano, MD, PhD
Professor of Medicine and Attending Physician at Washington University