Are there any centers of excellence in Canavan disease?
While there are no centers of excellence for Canavan disease as of March 2016, Paola Leone, Ph.D. of Rowan University’s School of Osteopathic Medicine, is one of the world’s leading researcher in gene therapy for the condition. Guangping Gao, PhD, Professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School is also studying gene therapy for Canavan disease. Reuben Matalon, MD, PhD in the Departments of Pediatrics and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Texas Medical Branch studies Canavan disease. He discovered the defect and cloned the gene for Canavan Disease.
One of the best ways to find a treatment center or physician with experience in treating Canavan disease is to contact a national support group. Support groups for Canavan disease include the Canavan Foundation, the Canavan Research Foundation, the Canavan Disease Research and the United Leukodystrophy Foundation. The National Tay-Sachs and Allied Diseases Association also provides updates and information on research into Canavan disease.
Faculty and Research Interests. Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine website. http://www.rowan.edu/som/research/cellbiology/faculty/leone.html
UMASS profiles. University of Massachusetts Medical School website. http://profiles.umassmed.edu/profiles/display/129927
UTMB Department of Pediatrics website. http://www.utmb.edu/pedi/about/faculty_bios/Reuben_Matalon.asp