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about

THE SPATA
FOUNDATION

Founded by parents of a child with SPATA5L1 Disorder, The SPATA Foundation is dedicated to advocating, educating, and funding research for SPATA5(AFG2A) and SPATA5L1(AFG2B) Related Disorders.

Although different genes, mutations in SPATA5 and SPATA5L1 results in similar symptoms, and in some cases, have unfortunately taken lives. The founders decided it was in the best interest of those affected to unite the two communities.

Our goals are to advocate for research, educate the public on the disorders, and fund research to better understand the function of the genes and hopefully a treatment.

We also strive to provide community and support to SPATA5 and SPATA5L1 families across the world.

OUR MISSION

The SPATA Foundation's Mission is to advocate, educate, and drive research for SPATA5 and SPATA5L1 Related Disorders.

OUR VISION

For doctors and researchers all over the world to be knowledgable of SPATA5 and SPATA5L1 and be a place of support for all those that have been and will be diagnosed with SPATA5 and SPATA5L1 Disorders

our team

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Mariah George

President & Founder

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Hana Deck

Board Member

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Paige Orent

Board Member

MEDICAL & SCIENTIFIC

advisory board

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Michael Buszczak, PhD

Professor

Dept. of Molecular Biology
UT Southwestern

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Tapas Mukherjee, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dept. of Immunology

University of Toronto

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Michael Kruer, MD

Program Director Pediatric Movement Disorders

Barrow Neurological Institute

Phoenix Children's Hospital

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Barbara Vona, PhD

Principle Investigator

Institute of Human Genetics, Institute for Auditory Neuroscience
University Medical Center Göttingen

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help us find a cure

DONATE TODAY

The SPATA Foundation is on a mission to find a treatment that will enhance the lives of those affected by SPATA5 and SPATA5L1. 

The science exists, but it takes time and money. 

Your donation gets us one step closer.

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