No really, it is. I have to make a confession: I have been laboring under the impression for the last nearly two years that no one in the United States is researching SMARD.
I was wrong.
Victoria sent me an email the other day letting me know that she discovered that the National Institutes of Health is acutally funding SMARD research at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Zissimos Mourelamos is heading the project, along with Dr. Gregory Cox, another researcher in Maine. I was able to contact Dr. Mourelamos via email, and I found out some pretty cool stuff. His team is finding that IGHMPB2, the gene that when mutated or deleted causes SMARD, appears to play a part in translating messenger RNA. He attached a paper that I have not read just yet, as I have been in no-night-nurse-hazy-sleepy-fog and I know I'm going to have to be on my toes when I read it. My plan is also to send it to our geneticist and see what she can make of it.
Anyhoo, I am thrilled to be wrong, and joyfully stand corrected. I am so glad to have researchers paying attention to our little and far between disorder--thank you Dr. Mourelamos and Dr. Cox!!!