NBIA Suisse is the Swiss patient advocacy association and self-help group for NBIA diseases (Neurodegeneration with Brain Iron Accumulation).
Do you have a diagnosis of NBIA, or do you care for a person close to you with an NBIA disorder? Are you a physician or researcher, or do you simply want more information about these disorders? Then you are at the right place with NBIA Suisse!
NBIA Suisse was founded in 2015 in Lausanne/Switzerland by a swiss-iranian family. Three nieces living in Iran are affected by MPAN (Mitochondrial-membrane Protein-Associated Neurodegeneration), a subtype of NBIA. NBIA Suisse works closely with NBIA Iran and is since 2015 member of the international NBIA Alliance with associations in Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Hungary, Poland and USA.
This international network allows access to the latest knowledge and we intend to report here on all aspects and the latest research results of the NBIA disorders. As well, we do hope to give awareness and emotional encouragement to patients and their parents.
Together with these worldwide partners, we want to achieve
- public attention for the existence of these rare diseases,
- financial support for the search for treatment,
- a future cure for all forms of NBIA.
NBIA Suisse is a nonprofit association founded in 2015 and is exonerated from swiss taxes. Donations are – according to your local law – deductible from your income.
Our commitee members are
They have professional expertise in medicine and scientific research and assess promising research projects for the NBIA diseases and their feasibility.
Currently, NBIA Suisse focusses on the support of research for a treatment for MPAN.
- The research group of Prof. Holger Prokisch from the Institut für Humangenetik at the Helmholtz Center in Munich reported in 2011 (Absence of an Orphan Mitochondrial Protein) on a gene mutation responsible for MPAN. Based on this finding they were able in 2014 to establish a drosophila model for the disease. NBIA Suisse provided funding for a post doc project.
- Dr. Arcangela Iuso tested about 150 FDA approved drugs in this model and identified 14 positive hits. Based on these positive results NBIA Suisse continued to support this project in May 2018 with another grant for a PhD position to further examine the identified hits in a new established model based on patient derived human cells.
- Work is ongoing to define measureable clinical endpoints and to set up a plan for a clinical trial in MPAN patients.
Please contact us if you have difficulties finding information (firstname.lastname@example.org). We will be happy to take your questions and provide information.
The NBIA Disorders Association is an organization in the United States providing specific support, information and services for NBIA disorders.
The Swiss Medial Centers
The rare disease Swiss partners
The international rare disease partners