National Organization for Rare Disorders Announces Ten New Grants

In honor of its 30th anniversary, the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) has announced ten new grants as part of its Rare Disease Research Grant Program!

NORD is the leading independent nonprofit organization in the United States devoted to rare diseases.

Happy 30th Birthday, NORD!

What Has NORD Done?

NORD’s Rare Disease Research Grant Program provides funding to qualified researchers for the development of potential new diagnostics or treatments for rare disease. Since the program’s launch in 1989, NORD grants have led to the development of two FDA-approved treatments and numerous peer-reviewed publications.

AKA, they have seen results!

“We are celebrating the 30th anniversary of NORD’s Research Grant Program by continuing to support research that reflects community-driven priorities,” said Vanessa Boulanger, NORD’s Director of Research Programs. “Providing researchers with an opportunity to expand the breadth and depth of their scientific reach in the pursuit of novel findings for rare disorders is a cornerstone of NORD’s mission.”

Who is Getting the Grants?

Research grants have been awarded to the following entities :


For the study of alveolar capillary dysplasia with misalignment of the pulmonary veins (ACDMPV), with funding from The David Ashwell Foundation, Alveolar Capillary Dysplasia Association and William Akers, Jr. & Georgia O. Akers Private Foundation, Inc.:

  • Csaba Galambos, M.D., Ph.D., University of Colorado Denver (Aurora, CO); The role of serotonin signaling in the pathogenesis of alveolar capillary dysplasia

To read more about alveolar capillary dysplasia, click here.


For the study of appendix cancer and pseudomyxoma peritonei (PMP), with funding from the Appendix Cancer/Pseudomyxoma Peritonei Research Foundation:

  • Shyh-Dar Li, Ph.D., University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada); Modulation of tumor immune microenvironment for enhanced therapy of pseudomyxoma peritonei
  • Konstantinos Votanopoulos, M.D., Ph.D., Wake Forest University (Winston-Salem, NC); Immune system enhanced appendiceal cancer organoids for ex vivo determination of immunotherapy efficacy in appendiceal cancer

Familial Hypercholesterolemia

For the study of familial hypercholesterolemia, with funding from the estate of Eleanor M. Allen:

  • Richard Sherwood, Ph.D., Brigham and Women’s Hospital (Boston, MA); Optimizing predictable CRISPR/Cas9 repair of LDLR frameshift mutations

To read more about familiar hypercholesterolemia, click here.

Cat Eye Syndrome

For the study of cat eye syndrome, with funding from the Kate Obstgarten Family Foundation, Lundbeck and public donations:

  • Thomas Liehr, Dr. rer. nat./med. habil/h.c., Friedrich Schiller University Jena (Jena, Germany); Establishment of next-generation phenotyping in cat eye syndrome patients

Malonic Aciduria

For the study of malonic aciduria, with funding from The Hope Fund:

  • Anthony J. Filiano, Ph.D., Duke University (Durham, NC); Replacing brain enzymes with cells: Implications for malonic aciduria
  • Michael Wolfgang, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Baltimore, MD); Genetic and biochemical interaction of Mlycd and Acsf3 in vivo


For the study of new-onset refractory status epilepticus (NORSE) and febrile infection-related epilepsy syndrome (FIRES), with funding from the NORSE Institute:

  • Eric Payne, M.D., M.P.H. and Charles Howe, Ph.D., Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN); NLRP3 inflammasome dysfunction as a cause for FIRES and NORSE

Schuurs-Hoeijmakers Syndrome

For the study of PACS1-related syndrome (Schuurs-Hoeijmakers syndrome), with funding from the founders of the PACS1 Syndrome Research Foundation and public donations:

  • Gary Thomas, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA); Development of therapeutics to treat PACS1-related syndrome

Post-Orgasmic Illness Syndrome

For the study of post-orgasmic illness syndrome, with funding from

  • Tierney Lorenz, Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Lincoln, NE); Autonomic, endocrine, and immune mediators of post-orgasmic illness syndrome


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