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Cause of Alternating Hemiplegia identified

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An international consortium of scientists, led jointly by researchers at UCL’s Institute of Neurology and Duke University, USA, has identified the specific genetic mutation that causes Alternating Hemiplegia, a rare neurological condition affecting an estimated one child in every million. Using the newest genetic technology, next-generation sequencing, the study published in Nature Genetics, showed that de novo mutations in the gene ATP1A3 cause the condition (de novo mutations are genetic mutations not present in the parents’ genes).

Dr John Morgan-Hughes

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It was with great sadness that we learned of the death of Dr John Morgan-Hughes.

John retired in 1997, after some thirty years at Queen Square during which he helped establish a major UK diagnostic and research muscle laboratory and also a world-class mitochondrial research group.  He received a lifetime achievement award from the World Federation of Neurology in 2002, and the ABN Medal in 2008 for distinguished contributions to neurology.  He died suddenly on Thursday, 2nd August.

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