Usher syndrome is the most common genetic cause of combined deafness and blindness. More than 400,000 people are affected by this disorder worldwide. There is currently no cure for Usher syndrome.
Our mission is to raise awareness and accelerate research while providing information and support to individuals and families affected by Usher syndrome. We strive to be the most comprehensive resource for the Usher syndrome community, bridging the gap between researchers and families. Learn more and get involved.
Kathy Thompson, Board Director of the Coalition, steps out of her comfort zone and goes camping.
We’re excited to host the Usher Syndrome Society as they continue to grow the global “Shine A Light On Usher Syndrome” exhibit featuring portraits and stories of those living with Usher syndrome. Sign up now to get your portrait taken at this year’s USH Connections Conference!
Lane, a mother of two children with Usher Syndrome, writes about her experience at the Usher syndrome Coalition Annual Conference. She explains how these conferences have positively affected not just herself but her whole family.
This study discovered that a classic anti-malarial drug can help sensory cells of the inner ear recognize and transport the Clarin-1 protein to its normal location in the cell. Usher syndrome 3A is due to mutations in Clarin-1. The researchers found that the mutant Clarin-1 protein is not transported properly and then tested drugs that target the transport system. They found that the drug, artemisinin, restores inner ear sensory cell function, and thus hearing and balance, in zebrafish genetically engineered to have mutant human versions of the Clarin-1 protein.
What this means for Usher syndrome: This study identifies a drug that might be useful for treating hearing loss in Usher syndrome 3A patients.
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