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July 1959

News and Comment

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1959;98(1):121-122. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1959.02070020123014

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ANNOUNCEMENTS  Research Support for Problems in Neurophysiology.—Funds are now available for basic or clinical research in neurophysiology, the Dysautonomia Association announced today.The Association will support research related to the clinical entity known as familial dysautonomia, a disease caused by dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system. It will also support any type of study that might lead to a better understanding of nervous system functions at a basic level as a stepping stone to the understanding of a disease process.The Association will submit all requests for grants to its medical advisory board for evaluation. Requests should be addressed to Harold M. Newman, President, Dysautonomia Association, 2 W. 46th St., New York 19.Familial dysautonomia was first described as a clinical entity in 1949 by Riley, Day, Greeley, and Langford, and has acquired the eponym "Riley-Day" syndrome. It is thought to be a congenitally acquired state of genetic origin.

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