In an incredibly important step on our journey, the research team met together in person for the first time! Dr. Wendy Chung, lead medical investigator on the Jordan's Syndrome study, helped assemble what she called a dream team that together could solve the PPP2R5D mystery.
We'd created a introductory letter explaining the purpose of Jordan's Guardian Angels, inviting potential research partners – the best and brightest in their respective fields, in the world – to join our team. We were beyond thrilled that every researcher we asked said yes. In order to officially kick off the research effort, a workshop was planned that brought all the newly-formed research team together. The workshop took place in Phoenix on March 24th and 25th of 2017.
"Many of the researchers indicated that, before that night, they hadn't made a link between the work they do in the lab and how their work directly impacts children and families."
On the 24th, the research team gathered with Jordan's Guardian Angels. Several of us spoke about our hopes for the research and what it may mean for our children. Researchers also watched a presentation with pictures of our children. It had an immediate impact. Many of the researchers indicated that, before that night, they hadn't made a link between the work they do in the lab and how their work directly impacts children and families.
The 25th was a full day of presentations. Each of the researchers made presentations about their work as it pertains to this research – and make no mistake, this is complicated, cutting-edge stuff. We're so fortunate to have them on our team! Click here to view the agenda for the event, including the list of researchers and the topics they covered that day.
The day concluded with a brainstorming session where all the high priority work for the next year was listed and divided between the team members. Researchers were each asked to provide a proposal to Jordan's Guardian Angels, detailing how they'll complete the work they signed up to do, and the budget required for completion over the next year. We came away from the conference more excited, committed and confident than ever!