One Year Later
One year has passed since families from around the world came together for the first-ever Jordan's Guardian Angels family conference in Washington, D.C. In a matter of months, incredible progress has been made in our quest to cure Jordan's Syndrome, a recently-identified mutation on the gene PPP2R5D linked to autism, Alzheimer's, intellectual disabilities and cancer.
Here's a look back at the major milestones we've reached since that first family conference held in August 2017.
Closer to a Cure
Our Growing Community
The Jordan's Guardian Angels global family has nearly doubled in size, from 35 to now more than 60 families impacted by Jordan's Syndrome.
Researchers Come Together
Jordan's Syndrome is reversible. That was the major conclusion of our international research team in late 2017.
Our team of researchers, scientists and medical investigators held multiple in-person meetings, discussing early discoveries made during initial research. Our team came together in December 2017 in New York City, and again in July 2018 in Denver.
State of California Funding (July 2018)
A Funding Foundation
In a milestone moment, the State of California supported our research with a $12 million allocation in the state budget.
Our Work Isn't Done
The funding will help provide for the first phase of the project, though we must still secure additional resources to take additional steps toward curing Jordan's Syndrome.
First iPSCs Created (April 2018)
The first batch of iPSCs (induced pluripotent stem cells) have been created by the New York Stem Cell Foundation (NYSCF), and distributed to Rutgers University for duplication and distribution.
The iPSCs were created from blood samples given by our children at the first family conference in Washington, D.C., and will play a critical role in understanding Jordan’s Syndrome – and how it may be reversed, treated or cured.
First PPP2R5D Mouse (Jan. 2018)
Our first mouse with a verified PPP2R5D mutation was created in early 2018. Researchers will study mice modeled with the PPP2R5D mutation to better understand how Jordan's Syndrome causes developmental delays, and begin to explore potential ways to treat, reverse or even cure the mutation.
Media outlets from around the world have helped spread awareness about Jordan's Syndrome research – and its potential to help unlock some of the world's greatest medical mysteries. Television stations and newspapers in Sacramento, Houston, Denver, Israel, the United Kingdom and beyond have shared the stories of our families, and the amazing possibilities our research holds.