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MEPAN Research Network

We are connected with experts in research and medicine who have the most experience with MEPAN and or have experience in discovering and developing treatments for patients with a rare disease. Our network includes experts in molecular and cellular biology, basic and preclinical research, and clinical and medical genetics.


Our primary aim is discover treatments for MEPAN Syndrome.  We also seek ways to broaden MEPAN research beyond the affected pathway into relevant rare disease areas that are biochemically or pathologically connected.  


Click here if you would like to submit a research proposal, or send an email to to learn more about our research network.

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Hugo J. Bellen, DVM, PhD

Baylor College of Medicine

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Sidney M. Gospe III, MD PhD

Duke University

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Alex Kastaniotis, PhD

University of Oulu

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Michael Burkart, PhD

University of California San Diego

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Susan Hayflick, MD, PhD

Oregon Health & Science University

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Peter Kropp, PhD

Kenyon College

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Debdeep Dutta, PhD

Baylor College of Medicine 

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Gali Heimer, MD, PhD

Sheba Medical Center

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Ethan Perlstein, PhD

CEO, Perlara PBC

Join Us!

Nothing can be accomplished without collaboration. Please consider donating time, money or resources to help improve the quality of life for people with MEPAN and create more awareness for rare conditions that affect millions of people worldwide. Send us a message to see how you can help!

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