Duke University has successfully been researching the ATP1A3 gene, one of the genes shown to cause AHC. Parents of a child who went to Duke’s multidisciplinary clinic for help during one of their child’s AHC flare ups began learning about the successful work being done with the ATP1A3 mouse colony. It was then, they asked what it would take to get another colony going with a different mutation. With the help of Cure AHC and other determined families Duke University soon began research. With an increasing number of patients having a mutation on their ATP1A2 gene, that became the next colony Duke began trying to create. Mutations on the ATP1A2 gene can be either hereditary or a spontaneous de novo. At the moment, there are mice being tested to see if they carry one copy of a mutation on their ATP1A2 gene. It is going to be a long road and to continue research funds are still needed. To donate to the ATP1A2 project
We have 2 very active Facebook Groups for the ATP1A2 Community:
This is the main fundraising idea and informational site for the ATP1A2 mouse model project at Duke University funded through Cure AHC.
Mutations on ATP1A2 have been linked to both Hemiplegic Migraine type 2 (Familial and Sporadic) and Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood. This group serves to unite those with known mutations and their caregivers in hopes to compare notes for seeking preventative treatment, abortive treatment, and other tips.