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  • Our team | BBS-Foundation : BARDET-BIEDL Syndrome International

    Our TEAM Administrative OFFICE Véronique HELOIR Presidente ​ Véronique is the mother of a little boy of almost 11 years old who has BBS6 and lives in France in the Drôme Provençale. After a career in the press and then in Real Estate, Véronique had to give up her professional activity to stay close to her son with special needs. Appointed President of the Bardet Biedl France Association in 2018, she and her team are working to increase awareness of the syndrome and to raise funds and interact with the various French doctors in charge of research for BBS. Francis LESTEL Vice-President ​ Francis leaves in France, he is an engineer and has participated in several international medical congresses, preparing abstracts for those who were unable to attend. He understands 11 languages and is the father of a 27-year-old girl with BBS10. Dawn HATCHER Secretary ​ Vice-president of BBS Italy. Association created in 2009 with 30 registered families.Patricia is a teacher, she is bilingual English/Italian and mother of Christopher, 31 years old, diagnosed with BBS 25 years ago by Phil Beales. Grégory BOUETEL Treasurer ​ Grégory is Treasurer of the association Bardet-Biedl France. He also suffers from the syndrome. ​ Grégory lives in France and has his own company specialising in the field of event organisation (weddings, birthdays, lighting, etc.). The Board OF DIRECTORS Tim OGDEN USA ​ Tim is Managing Director of the Financial Access Initiative. He is also Managing Director of the US Financial Diaries project. Tim is the President of the Bardet Biedl Association USA. He is the father of Nathanael, a 14-year-old carrier of the syndrome. Bendert DE GRAAF NETHERLAND ​ Operations Manager at CCIC EUROPE Food Test BV Kampen (Overijssel), Province of Flevoland, The Netherlands. Bendert is the president of the Bardet-Biedl Stichting Association and father of a little boy with the syndrome. Tonia HYMERS UK ​ Tonia is the Service Manager for BBS UK Clinics Ltd. Tonia has two grown-up children, Daniel and Connor and lives in Harwich in Essex. The family attended their first conference in 1998 following the diagnosis of their son, Daniel, and were so grateful to the young people and adults with the syndrome for enabling them to picture a positive future. Tonia was happily coerced onto the Committee, where she stayed for the next 15 years, taking on the role of Fundraising Co-ordinator and then Newsletter Editor. Tonia assisted with the inception and development of the specialised BBS Clinics and was Children’s Service Manager from 2010 to 2017, when she took on the role of Service Manager. The SCIENTIFIC ADVISORS Phil BEALES UK ​ Phil Beales is head of Genetics and Genomic Medicine at ICH, Director of the Centre for Translational Genomics (GOSGENE) and head of the Cilia Disorders Laboratory (CDL). His research interests centre on rare diseases, especially the ciliopathies, a class of disorders caused by defects in the formation or function of the cilium. Robert HAWS USA ​ Pediatrics-Nephrology Physician / Director of Clinical Research. Peds-Nephrology Medical Director of the Center of Excellence for the Treatment of Bardet-Biedl Syndrome of Marshfield Clinic, Wisconsin

  • Become a member | BBS-Foundation

    Become a MEMBER The Federation accepts new members from BBS or similar associations in Europe and around the world. The applicant organisation can pay by bank transfer or credit card by following the links below. Becoming a member will make the Federation stronger and you will be involved in all the initiatives of the Federation. How to become A MEMBER : The fee of 100 € gives you the status of a full member and the right to vote at general meetings . It will contribute to all the operating costs of BBSI. It is an annual membership fee which can be paid by bank transfer or credit card. To become a full member, your organisation must be a properly constituted non-profit organisation in your home country. BY TRANSFER BY CREDIT CARD There is no association in your country ? ​ Register for free with our community and tell us your story. You will be able to send us a message and ask your questions and also attend our meetings. ​ Join us

  • Documentation | BBS Fédération

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  • Our members | BBS-Foundation : BARDET-BIEDL Syndrome International

    Founding MEMBERS When a rare disease invades your life, whether you yourself have the syndrome or are the parent of a child suffering from it, the world falls apart under your feet. You have to relearn everything, adapt everything, make it work.... Living with a rare disease like Bardet-Biedl Syndrome can sometimes be incredibly overwhelming and isolating, but it is important to remember that whether you are living with the syndrome yourself or caring for someone with it, you are not alone. ​ On this page you can find a list of all the countries where there is a Bardet-Biedl group, or other Bardet-Biedl patient support group. Discover the website, social media page or e-mail address of your national Bardet-Biedl patient support group. FRANCE GO UNITED STATES GO UNITED KINGDOM GO netherland GO italy GO GERMANY GO

  • Bardet-Biedl Syndrome - INTERNATIONAL (BBS Foundation)

    BARDET-BIEDL Syndrome International Connecting people affected by the syndrome of Bardet-Biedl worldwide About BBS FOUNDATION BBS International is a federation that will enable us to collaborate together on a global scale, to unite efforts, to collect and publish information on the disease, to increase network cooperation, to improve research by avoiding unnecessary duplication. ​ Created on 03 October 2020 by 5 countries (France, USA, UK, Italy, Netherlands). Members are active national patient organisations representing patients and their families affected by BBS. Together, they are the voice of approximately 40,000 patients worldwide. « Bardet-Biedl syndrome is a rare disease, but many of you around the world are affected by it or one or more of your children. The announcement of such a diagnosis is hard and one can feel quite alone. Many countries in the world do not have a national association or the information to better understand the disease. This is also why the Federation was created, to break the isolation and answer your questions. You are not alone ! » ​ Join the community and get to know each other ! JOIN Our TEAM Véronique HELOIR Presidente Francis LESTEL Vice-President Patricia Dawn HATCHER Secretary Grégory BOUETEL Treasurer Contact US Send Thank you for your sending ! Bardet-Biedl Syndrome International 3 route des Essarts 26240 SAINT-UZE FRANCE

  • Who we are | BBS Fédération

    Who WE ARE With an increasing number of people and groups sharing common goals and working on common activities, it became clear that more could be achieved by working together than each group working alone. ​ The Bardet-Biedl Syndrome International Federation was created to serve as the central body for a network of national associations and other BBS patient support groups. Our OBJECTIVES The main objective of Bardet-Biedl Syndrome International is to create a platform for collaboration between national associations, support groups and networks, people with BBS and their families, and researchers and professionals working on Bardet-Biedl Syndrome. In more detail, the objectives of Bardet-Biedl Syndrome International are as follows : To find and build a network of all associations and families of people with BBS so that they perceive the federation as a reference point for creating a strong and united Bardet-Biedl community Promote, support and stimulate the exchange of knowledge and understanding of BBS at the international level between national associations to avoid unnecessary duplication of resources Coordinate international research efforts by bringing together research institutes and relevant professionals, To facilitate and promote communication between patients, health professionals, researchers and other organisations that support people with BBS.

  • The disease / BBS-Foundation : BARDET-BIEDL Syndrome International

    The DISEASE SWEDISH POLISH PORTUGUESE SPANISH RUSSIAN GERMANY Bardet-Biedl Syndrome is a genetic disease caused by a change (mutation) in a gene. To date, there are at least twenty-four different genes that may be responsible for this disease. These are genes BBS1 to BBS24. Bardet-Biedl most often combines obesity, vision problems, finger abnormalities, and in some cases kidney and genital abnormalities. Learning difficulties are often present. Other malformations (of the heart, for example) may be associated, but more rarely. Bardet-Biedl Syndrome affects both boys and girls and usually begins at birth and is not contagious. The manifestations and severity of the syndrome vary considerably from person to person. Bardet-Biedl syndrome is a rare disease whose prevalence (number of people affected in a population at a given time) is between 1 in 100,000 and 1 in 160,000 for the populations of Europe and North America. This syndrome is much more common in certain isolated populations such as the Bedouin populations of Kuwait where the prevalence is estimated at 1 in 13,500. TRANSMISSION In most cases of BBS, both parents carry a normal gene and a defective recessive gene. Although the parents have a copy of the defective gene and are called carriers of the disease, they are not affected by the presence of the defective gene. For a recessive disease to occur, the child must inherit two defective copies of the gene, one from each parent. The child from each pregnancy has a one in four chance of being affected. If a newborn child is not affected, there is a 2 in 3 chance that it will carry the defective BBS gene. Because the syndrome is rare, it is unlikely that a carrier will have affected children unless their partner is also a carrier. GENETIC To date (2022), mutations in 24 BBS genes have been identified in 85% of BBS patients. There are still more genes to be found, as 15% of patients do not have a mutation in one of the identified BBS genes. ​ Some genes are more common than others: 38% of patients have mutations in the BBS1 gene and in the BBS10 gene. However, patients with mutations in the same BBS gene can have very different symptoms of the syndrome: one person may be born with extra fingers, while another person with the same mutation may not have extra fingers at all. The genes involved in this syndrome 'control' the production of proteins that play a role in the cilia of cells. Cells have cilia that function like antennae, capturing and transmitting information about the state of their environment. When these cilia are defective (which is the case when genes are mutated), certain functions are also altered. ​ In particular, cilia play an important role in vision and kidney function, which explains the visual deficit and possible kidney abnormalities in Bardet-Biedl syndrome. Much research is underway to understand the role of the cilia in all manifestations of the disease. CLINICAL MANIFESTATIONS The clinical manifestations of Bardet-Biedl syndrome are multiple and vary considerably from person to person. Therefore, not all patients have all of the symptoms described below. Visual disturbance Learn more Overweight Learn more Abnormalities of toes and fingers Learn more Abnormalities of the genital organs Learn more Kidney and urinary tract deformities Learn more Intellectual deficiency and psychological disorders Learn more Other manifestations Learn more HOW CAN THE SYMPTOMS BE EXPLAINED The genes involved in this syndrome "control" the production of proteins that play a role in the cells' eyelashes. The cells have lashes that function like antennae, capturing and transmitting information about the state of their environment. When these cilia are defective (which is the case when genes are mutated), certain functions are also altered. In particular, cilia play an important role in vision and kidney function, which explains the visual deficit and possible kidney abnormalities in Bardet-Biedl syndrome. A great deal of research is underway to understand the role of the cilia in all manifestations of the disease. ​ If left untreated, the various manifestations can worsen, in particular kidney damage and obesity. Obesity, which is resistant to the usual diet and measures, can be complicated by diabetes and excess lipids in the blood (hyperlipidemia), heart and joint problems. In addition, retinal abnormality leads to a severe reduction in vision, and even blindness between the ages of 15 and 30. Indeed, the field of vision gradually reduces and central vision can sometimes end up being reduced. Early treatment can limit the worsening of symptoms. WHAT IS ITS EVOLUTION ?

  • Support us | BBS Fédération

    Support US Make a DONATION By making a donation, you will give us the means to advocate for Bardet-Biedl syndrome patients and promote research. Please note that in many European countries, donations are tax deductible for individuals and private companies. ​ Your generosity will allow us to continue our vital work in making a difference in the lives of people living with Bardet-Biedl Syndrome across the globe. Make a donation, sporadically or periodically, in the amount of your choice : Click here Become A VOLUNTEER You can become a volunteer and/or representative of families in your country. It is also possible to help us with specific tasks, such as translating the website into your native language. Click here Be INVOLVED : You can collaborate with us as a volunteer, supporting us in spreading our message, carrying out our activities or launching a fundraising initiative in your personal networks. Please contact us for ideas and suggestions. ​ Click here

  • Portuguese | BBS Fédération

    Contacto A síndrome de Bardet- Biedl, caracteriza-se pela associação de défice visual progressivo, obesidade, polidactilia, problemas renais, hipogenitalismo nos homens e anomalias genito-urinárias na mulher e dificuldades de aprendizagem. Transmite-se de forma autossómica recessiva e foram identificados 24 genes associados a BBS, mas em cerca de 20% a causa ainda é desconhecida. Estima-se uma prevalência de 1/150.000. As manifestações mais frequentes são: Retinite pigmentar de tipo cone e bastonete (>90%). Esta alteração pode não ser identificável até por volta dos 8 anos, quando se inicia diminuição da visão nocturna; aos 20 anos 75% dos doentes perderam completamente a visão. Polidactilia postaxial (dedo supranumerário na metade externa das mãos e /ou pés) ocorre em cerca de 80%. Obesidade (90%) inicia-se na infância e é essencialmente do tronco. Ao nascer o peso é habitualmente normal. Não controlada, podem surgir outros problemas associados: diabetes, hipertensão, hiperlipidemia. Dificuldades de aprendizagem são frequentes (60%), embora na maioria não exista um défice cognitivo significativo. Défice de atenção, processamento lento e traços obsessivos, compulsivos são comuns. Anomalias genitais (60-90%). No sexo masculino manifesta-se por hipogonadismo com pénis e testículos pequenos, criptorquidia, ausência de caracteres sexuais secundários, atraso pubertário, infertilidade. No sexo feminino podem existir malformações genito-urinárias como ausência ou hipoplasia da vagina, útero, trompas, ovários, imperfuração vaginal, fistulas….e também atraso pubertário, amenorreia, diminuição da fertilidade, mas há casos de gravidez Alterações renais (displasia, doença quística…) ocorrem em 50 a 70% dos casos e podem conduzir a falência renal. Foi sugerido como critério de diagnóstico clínico de BBS a presença de 4 das manifestações acima referidas ou 3 delas e mais duas das seguintes: cardiopatia, diabetes, alterações dentárias, hepáticas, intestinais (hirshprung), anosmia (ausência de cheiro),braquidactilia/sindactilia (dedos curtos/unidos), descoordenação motora/ ataxia, atraso global de desenvolvimento, atraso da linguagem

  • Swedish | BBS Fédération

    Bardet-Biedls Syndrom (BBS) kännetecknas av en kombination av synnedsättning, övervikt, extra fingrar och/eller tår, små könsorgan, nedsatt njurfunktion och inlärningssvårigheter. Andra symtom förekommer också. ​ Bardet-Biedls syndrom ingår i en grupp sjukdomar som kallas ciliopatier och orsakas av en skada i de primära cilierna. En primär cilie är ett orörligt utskott, ett slags antenn på cellytan som samordnar många funktioner som är av betydelse för cellfunktioner som rörelse, syn, känsel och cellsignalering. Störd ciliefunktion kan leda till avvikelser i fosterutvecklingen och ge missbildningar i många olika organ. Hos ungefär 80 procent av alla med Bardet-Biedls syndrom har det varit möjligt att påvisa en sjukdomsframkallande mutation. De vanligaste mutationerna finns i BBS1 (23 procent), BBS2 (8 procent) och BBS10 (20 procent). ​ Hittills (2022) finns mutationer rapporterade i 24 olika gener, som alla är inblandade i tillverkning eller reglering av proteiner som är av betydelse för normal cilieformation och funktion. ​ Kontakta oss