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The Myelin Project

The Myelin Project is 501(c)3 non profit organization established in 1989 by Augusto Odone and his wife, Michaela. Their son, Lorenzo Odone, suffered from X-linked adrenoleukodystrophy (X-ALD), the most common of the leukodystrophies. The story of the Odones' struggle was dramatized in the 1992 film Lorenzo's Oil.

The Myelin Project has three branches in The United States, Germany, and the United Kingdom. The Myelin Project's Scientific Advisory Committee includes researchers from Yale University and the University of Wisconsin–Madison in the United States, the Istituto Superiore di Sanità and San Raffaele Scientific Institute in Italy, the Hôpital de la Salpêtrière and the Institute Pasteur in France, Queen's University at Kingston in Canada, the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, and the Max-Planck-Institut in Germany.


  • The project's aims 1
  • See also 2
    • Conditions of interest 2.1
    • Treatments investigated 2.2
  • External links 3

The project's aims

The Myelin Project aims to advance research, advocacy, and family support for adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD) and adrenomyeloneuropathy (AMN).

The nonprofit is currently run by a president and board of directors. Patricia Louisell Chapman, current president of the organization, had two brothers die of adrenomyeloneuropathy (AMN), and currently has a son, Michael, born in 1979, who began developing symptoms of AMN in 2005 at the age of 26. She was a personal friend of the Odones and was a founding board member of the organization.

See also

Conditions of interest

Treatments investigated

External links

  • The Myelin Project's home page
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