PROGERIA

Cymone Pearson-Frasier

What Is It?

An extremely rare genetic disorder in which symptoms resembling aspects of aging are manifested at a very early age. One of several progeroid syndromes, the word progeria comes from the Greek words "pro" meaning "before" or "premature", and "gēras" meaning "old age".

About Progeria

Although they are born looking healthy, children with Progeria begin to display many characteristics of accelerated aging at around 18-24 months of age. Progeria signs include growth failure, loss of body fat and hair, aged-looking skin, stiffness of joints, hip dislocation, generalized atherosclerosis, cardiovascular (heart) disease and stroke. Children with Progeria die of atherosclerosis (heart disease) at an average age of fourteen years.

More Info.

  • There hasn't been any specific causes found yet so it cannot be prevented
  • Can be detected through appearance and blood test
  • The drug arnesyltransferase inhibitors (FTIs) make it maintainable

About Us

MISSION: To discover treatments and the cure for Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome and its aging-related disorders, including heart disease.