Beyond Batten Disease Foundation grantee, Andrea Ballabio, MD, is awarded the 2016 Louis-Jeantet Prize for Medicine

Dr Andrea Ballabio, MD, Beyond Batten Disease Foundation grantee at the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute (NRI) at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston Texas and founder and director of the Telethon Institute of Genetics and Medicine (TIGEM) in Naples Italy, is awarded the 2016 Louis-Jeantet Prize for Medicine. Established in Geneva, Switzerland. The Louis-Jeantet Foundation furthers the cause of medicine by awarding $723,000 to scientists who make discoveries considered to be pivotal to the treatment of disease.Drs Ballabio and Sardiello’s identification of a master gene that controls lysosomal function and promotes intracellular clearance of accumulating pathological materials revealed a previously unknown biological pathway and provided a powerful tool to modulate lysosomal function to treat juvenile Batten and other diseases. Based on this discovery, BBDF, provided Drs Ballabio and Sardiello over $4 million, enabling them to move to the largest medical center in the world, and more than double our investment by attracting government, pharmaceutical and nonprofit funding, and focus on developing a treatment for juvenile Batten disease. View the press release here.