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2019 SWF Catalyst Awards

The Sturge-Weber Foundation Provides New “Catalyst Awards” to Researchers 
and Biorepository Seed Fund

The Sturge-Weber Foundation was able to provide much needed funding to several researchers through the generous donation of an anonymous donor as well as all of our supporters. Catalyst Grants were provided to several researchers who specialize in projects related to Sturge-Weber syndrome and other Port-Wine birthmark conditions.

Sarah E. Wetzel-Strong, Ph.D. of Duke University School of Medicine/Department of Human Genetics.. Dr. Wetzel-Strong received $25,000 for her project “Characterizing lesion development in a mouse model of Sturge-Weber syndrome”. This research will test several hypothesis surrounding GNAQ.

Four other researchers and one SWF specific project were provided funding to continue their research studies. The recipients of these awards are:
Nathan Lawson, Ph.D.: $7,000 - Generation of a zebrafish model for modeling Sturge-Weber syndrome
Naiem Issa, Ph.D.: $5,000 - GNAQ Inhibitor Compound Study
Jonathan Pevsner, Ph.D.: $5,000 - SWS Registry and Research
Sara Sabeti, $5,000 - SWS Consensus Paper
SWF Biorepository Seed Funding, $10,000