We envision a world where parents have access to treatments for severe and life-limiting genetic diseases that threaten their children’s lives.
We envision a world where all of our children have a chance to grow up to pursue their dreams, to live, to love, to thrive, and most importantly, to feel and be a part of everything beautiful that life, that the human experience, has to offer.
A world where families’ dreams are not halted or diverted by a genetic mutation, a premature stop codon, a substitution, a deletion, a splice site destruction, an addition, a gain of protein function, a loss of protein function, a single lethal change in the over 20,000 genes in the human body, a change that permanently alters destinies, and destroys lives.
We envision a world where we conquer genetic mutations, where we turn science fiction into smart science, where we make gene replacement therapy a reality, starting with mutations in gene ERCC8/CSA, which causes a severe, lethal, and devastating disorder called Cockayne Syndrome.
Riaan Research Initiative envisions a world where every child with a fatal genetic disease has a pathway toward treatment. We are dedicated to promoting and furthering translational scientific research to advance treatments for severe and life-limiting genetic disorders.