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MISSION MASSIMO FOUNDATION

The Mission Massimo Foundation is a non-profit organisation that promotes the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of childhood Leukodystrophies. These are a group of life-threatening genetic conditions that affect the formation of myelin, a complex fatty substance that acts as an insulator around nerve fibres in the brain. Unfortunately, more than 50% of variants remain genetically unclassified offering families little hope of treatment and a usually tragic outcome. Whilst individually rare, collectively these disorders are not altogether uncommon and may affect up to 1 in 3,000 births yet their existence remains almost unknown. Our mission is to accelerate the discovery of genetic causes for these disorders and to translate these into clinical treatments.

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