Leading the Way in SCN8A

Mission Driven

Those living with SCN8A and their families are the heartbeat of our mission. Our SCN8A Superheroes inspire a network of support, uniting a global team of researchers, clinicians, epilepsy leadership groups, and pharmaceutical companies. 

Collaborating for a Cure! 

We accelerate the pace of science on SCN8A to bring hope, see improved outcomes, and bring quality of life to those touched by SCN8A and other rare epilepsies.

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We Need Your Help

Your donation will help families around the world dealing with the uncertainty of how to best treat SCN8A. 

We push for early diagnosis, data-driven medication decisions, better referrals and treatments for all of the health issues that come with with SCN8A. A small donations goes a long way.

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Know about the Registry?

The International SCN8A Registry was established in 2014 by Dr. Michael Hammer. Dr. Hammer is an SCN8A parent and geneticist who first discovered the SCN8A gene’ association with epilepsy. The SCN8A Registry research study is approved by the Institutional Review Board at the University of Arizona. Your participation is greatly appreciated. Thank you!

Newly Diagnosed?

We’ve been there – and we’re glad you’ve found us. Check out our Guide, which we are always updating, and join our networks to meet other families and voice your concerns and questions.

Supporting Families

We facilitate families coming together by regions in the US and around the globe to improve individual families’ understanding of their children’s condition but also actively engage with and inform clinicians, researchers, and industry with cutting-edge, crowd-sourced data.

Accelerating Research

Since 2014, we have been working to advance the understanding of SCN8A. Our early work, as Wishes for Elliott, focused on promoting and facilitating the acceleration and translation of research to improve treatments and advance a cure for SCN8A.

Watch these videos to hear about our impact from our partners and grantees.

Building Partnerships

Our founding partnership unites the work of Dr. Michael Hammer, the SCN8A father, and geneticist who first identified SCN8A as causing epilepsy, and Gabi Conecker, MPH, mom, and founder of Wishes for Elliott which has been advancing SCN8A research since 2014.

We work to build ongoing connections and communication between SCN8A families and the scientific community via our regional family networks. We work collaboratively to nurture partnerships among clinicians, researchers, industry, and government to increase the urgency and outcomes of SCN8A and related research.

Make a difference in the lives of those living with SCN8A!

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