What’s New & Upcoming Events

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SAMSUNGRegistration Now Open!  

15th Annual Walking for Prader-Willi Syndrome Events!

  • Northern CA WALK     April 11   San Francisco
  • Central CA WALK        April 18   Clovis
  • Southern CA WALK    April 26    Los Angeles

Music! Games! Don’t Miss the Fun!


Research Study Seeking Participants: Beloranib medication to reduce appetite. See flyers for information and participation criteria:  Belorabnib Recruitment flyer   /  Beloranib FAQ  /  BestPWS brochure  /  Zafgen Video

Two California Testing Sites:

1) Rady Children’s Hospital, San Diego. Principal Investigator: Lynne Bird, M.D. Contact: Rachel Winograd, RN, BSN at Rady Children’s Hospital 858-966-8453 or rwinograd@rchsd.org

2) University of California at Davis, Sacramento. Principal Investigator: Dennis Styne, M.D. Contact: Majid Mirmiran, MD, PhD at 916-734-4790 or majid.mirmiran@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu


Research Study Seeking Participants: Movement Difficulties of Children with PWS

Location: CSU Fullerton.  Principal Investigator: Daniela Rubin, Ph.D. Seeking children with PWS age 4-7 years with PWS.  

See Flyer for details. 


Research Study Seeking Participants: Diazoxide medication targeting appetite and energy expenditure. 

Location: University of California, Irvine. Principal Investigator: Virginia Kimonis, M.D., MRCP vkimonis@uci.edu (949) 824-0571.  Contact: Marie Wencel, Clinical Research Coordinator, UC Irvine  mwencel@uci.edu  (949) 824-0521

See  Flyer for details.


Research Study Seeking Participants: Oxytocin medication targeting anxiety, socialization behaviors, and appetite.

Anyone with a confirmed diagnosis of PWS ages 5-11 years may be considered.

Location: University of California, Irvine. Principal Investigator: Virginia Kimonis, M.D., MRCP vkimonis@uci.edu (949) 824-0571. Contact: Marie Wencel, Clinical Research Coordinator, UC Irvine  mwencel@uci.edu  (949) 824-0521


2015 Support Group Meetings

Southern California: 2:00 pm-4:30 pm at the BCHD Health District; 514 N. Prospect Avenue, Redondo Room (lower level/bottom floor), Redondo Beach.

      • Sunday, January 11
      • Sunday, April 12
      • Sunday, July 26
      • Sunday, October 25

RSVP for childcare for ages 12 and under: 310-372-5053

Northern California: 10:30 am-1:30 pm Support for Families of Children with Disabilities, 1663 Mission Street, 7th Floor, San Francisco.

Translation services available in Spanish and Cantonese free of charge if you call 415-920-5040 at least one week in advance.

      • Saturday, February 7
      • Saturday, May 2
      • Saturday, September 19

RSVP for Childcare at least one week in advance : 415-920-5040 (Check-in at 10:15 a.m.)