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Dr. Wendy Chung addresses the urgent need for accelerated KIF1A research
KIF1A-related disorder is an extremely rare genetic disease caused by a mutation in the KIF1A gene. KIF1A is a molecular motor protein vital to brain function. Mutations in KIF1A cause a neurodegenerative disorder with a progressive course. The disease is associated with cognitive impairment, cerebellar atrophy, ataxia, spastic paraplegia, optic nerve atrophy and epilepsy. KIF1A-related disorder is a new disease, and research is rapidly underway to discover treatment. Every day we are closer to understanding KIF1A and how brain function is disrupted by mutations in the gene. We have an urgent need to support ongoing research leading to the discovery medicine.