NF Center Patient Receives NF Hope Award

NF Center patient, Elana Loftspring, was awarded the NF Hope Award at the recent NF Hope Concert in Las Vegas on October 23rd. This prestigious award is given to someone in the NF community “who has risen above their NF diagnosis to make a difference for others living with NF.”

Scientists Link Single Gene to Some Cases of Autism Spectrum Disorder

NF Center clinician-researcher, Stephanie Morris, MD, and her colleagues have linked mutations in a single gene to autism in people who have NF1. These findings, which may lead to a better understanding of the genetic roots of autism in the wider population, were published Oct. 19 in the journal JAMA Psychiatry.

Nicole’s Nook: Apple iPad Accessibility Features

In this month’s Nicole’s Nook, Nicole Weckherlin, St. Louis Children’s Hospital Occupational Therapist, discusses Apple’s built-in accessibility features which make reading, typing and navigating the iPad easier and faster.

Washington University NF Center Receives New National Cancer Institute Grant

Dr. Gutmann and his team at the NF Center were recently awarded a new grant from the National Cancer Institute to study how specific mutations in the NF1 gene, as well as patient sex, dictate optic glioma development and vision decline. Funding from this grant will enable the team to use novel genetically-engineered mouse models to define the contributions of these important determinants in NF1.