Hi, I'm Lane McKittrick, co-founder with my husband, Todd, of Hear See Hope. In addition to being the mom to four boys, including Conner and Dalton who have Usher syndrome, because of my experiences as a parent, I went back to school and received my Ph.D. in Special Education at the University of Northern Colorado. I started a new non profit called Lane of Inquiry where i conduct special education research specific to deafblindness and provide family support. My research interests are deafblindness and family-professional partnerships. I hope to use this blog to share updates on my family and my research. My goal is to provide information and support for families living with Usher syndrome. Research into a cure is vitally important, but I know from experience, family support in dealing with day-to-day issues is critical as well. Thanks for reading. For more on my education research, visit Lane of Inquiry's website or my academic site.
Pilot Project of Population Genetic Studies of Usher Syndrome (funded January 2006)
The research is being conducted at the Oregon School of the Deaf in Salem, Oregon by Dr. William Kimberling from Boystown University. The goal of this study is to determine the frequencies of known Usher syndrome subtypes and their mutations in a deaf school population and in students with varied hearing losses in special education classes. This project is nearing completion and we received a synopsis of the study from the researchers at the First Annual Usher Syndrome Symposium in Omaha, Nebraska in October 2006.Ultimately, this information is important for many reasons, including increasing awareness of Usher syndrome, improving genetic testing strategies, providing earlier diagnosis, and identifying individuals as potential treatment candidates for future clinical trials. There is an opportunity that if the pilot project is successful, the National Institute of Health will award a 2.5 million dollar grant for the full screening project. This type of research gives us great hope for a cure.