Our Mission

We work to accelerate the pace of science on SCN8A in order to bring hope and improved outcomes for all those living with SCN8A and their families. 

Motivated by and with families at the center of all we do, we work collaboratively with researchers, clinicians, pharmaceutical companies and beyond to improve treatments for and the quality of life of those living with SCN8A, other rare epilepsies and their families.

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We Need Your Help

 Your contribution will help families around the world   dealing with the uncertainty of how to most effectively   treat SCN8A. 
 We aim to foster earlier diagnosis, data-driven   medication decisions, and better referral and   treatment for the many related health issues   associated with SCN8A. 

Have you heard about our 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.

Want to support our work?
You can make a difference in the lives of those living with SCN8A!

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