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Alefiya is a SLC13A5 Superhero. Here are a few fun facts Alefiya's parents shared with us! Name: Alefiya, Age: 13, Homestate: Virginia. Superhero Power: Sweetie pie with a contagious smile. Favorite places to visit: neighborhood, parks, water parks. Favorite Transportation: walking. What she loves most: her family, friends, animals, chocolate and being outdoors.

Scientific research can be categorized as basic, translational, or clinical. Basic research is curiosity-driven and asks fundamental questions (How? What? Why?) about the core building blocks of life. The purpose of basic research is to understand how nature works. Translational research is more focused and applies information from basic research to ask how scientists can use this knowledge to improve human health. It takes basic facts of how life works and translates them for use in potential therapeutics. Clinical research takes the successes of translational research and tests whether they are safe and effective in treating disease in human clinical trials.

TESS Research Foundation today announced a new research grant award to Neurolentech in the search for a cure for the rare disease SLC13A5 Epilepsy. The Austrian startup Neurolentech, led by Carsten Pfeffer, PhD and co-founded by Gaia Novarino, PhD, Professor of Neuroscience at Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria), will receive $224,064 toward research projects that will model SLC13A5 Epilepsy in patient-derived SLC13A5 cells.

Robbie is a SLC13A5 Superhero. Here are a few fun facts Robbie's parents shared with us! Name: Robbie, Age: 8, Homestate: Texas. Robbie loves tablets! His favorite cartoons is Super Why! He loves loud music. He enjoys playing with his daddy and he loves to spend time with his family! He is very social and likes to be surrounded by people!

Our DNA is the foundational instruction manual that our bodies use to create everything: from our fingernails to our beating hearts. But how does DNA, a molecule not visible to the eye, have so much control over how our bodies are built and function?