Goals for 2020: One Team

raise awareness

Dear Friends,

Happy New Year. Thank you for your email, letters, and messages in the past few weeks. I appreciated your encouragement. I am determined to make 2020 the game-changing year for us. Three things are always on my mind: Improve clinical care, Raise awareness, and Provide a cutting-edge treatment for Wolfram syndrome. I have three goals for 2020.

1. Set up a new clinical trial for Wolfram syndrome using a new drug (more specifically, get an orphan drug designation, create a trial protocol, and secure funds)

2. Complete preclinical studies for gene therapy for optic nerve atrophy in Wolfram (more specifically, complete studies in rodent and iPSC models) and start setting up a clinical study.

3. Set up genetic testing for genetic forms of diabetes and ER stress-related disorders and create a clinical service for those patients.

As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions (urano@wustl.edu). I would like to know what you think and how you feel. Thank you again for your continued support and encouragement. I am determined to make a difference in the future of our patients. We will work as one team and change history together.

Fumi Urano
January 1, 2020