Press Room

Welcome to our Press Room!  Thanks to the tremendous media interest and PRF’s outreach efforts, we have identified record numbers of children with Progeria, and gained many new supporters who have joined in our quest for the cure after seeing stories of children with Progeria on TV, on line and in newspapers and magazines. Others are moved to take action after learning of the tremendous progress PRF is making through research studies published in leading scientific journals. And the publicity surrounding the connection between Progeria, heart disease and the normal aging process has intrigued countless others worldwide, as people recognize that finding the cure for Progeria may end up helping the entire aging population.

“Hi. I’m John Tacket. I’m 15 years old, and I have Progeria, as you can see, and I’m very excited to be here and it is an honor to be the youth ambassador for Progeria. This is a very exciting time for me and also for my friends because we know what the gene is that makes our disease show up in us. This is the first step and we’re looking forward to the second step, a cure and treatment. But for now we just live our life . . . and do all the things kids do. No problem, I’m very content right now. Even though I have Progeria, some might think that I’d be down, but I’m not. This is great that the doctors are working and researching and I know they are working very hard. . . . This is a very exciting time.”

– John Tackett at the Progeria gene discovery announcement at the National Press Club in Washington, DC on April 16, 2003.

We receive many media inquiries from journalists and producers who are interested in developing their own stories to raise awareness of Progeria. If you are a member of the media and you would like to discuss a story idea that will help raise awareness and educate others about Progeria, please contact:

Michelle Fino

The following press releases detail the wonderful progress being made in Progeria research, thanks to the driving efforts of The Progeria Research Foundation:

April, 2017  Teachers and Students:  Curriculum based on HBO’s Life According to Sam and Sam’s TEDx talk now available.

November 10, 2016:  Carly Cares partners with The Progeria Research Foundation to fund a progeria research grant

July 11, 2016: Results of Triple Drug Trial for Progeria Published

June 2015: PRF Teams up with China and India Partners to Find more Children

Statistically, ¾ of the unidentified children with Progeria live in China and India. Read the press releases below to learn more about our international efforts to find them

Foundation’s Search for Children with Progeria Extends to China

Search begins for approximately 60 unidentified Progeria children in India

May 6, 2014: BREAKING NEWS! Study Finds Trial Medications Increase Lifespan in Children With Progeria

October 10, 2013: HBO Documentary to Air October 21, 2013; Moves Robert Kraft to Make $500,000 Challenge Pledge

September 24, 2012: First-Ever Treatment for Progeria Discovered

October 25, 2010: PRF Celebrates the 1-Year Anniversary of the Find the Other 150 Campaign!

August 18, 2010: CDC’s 2010 National Conference to feature poster presentation on the success of “Find the Other 150 Campaign.”

October 25, 2009: PRF Launches Global Campaign to Find All Children with Progeria

February 7, 2008: Study published in the New England Journal of Medicine Provides Insight into HGPS, General Aging Process

June 2006: Actors Mary Steenburgen and Ted Danson Join the Fight against Progeria with National Public Education Campaign:

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February 16, 2006: UCLA Finds Cancer Drug May Improve Progeria; Genetic Disease Causes Accelerated Aging in Children

August 29, 2005: Blocking a Premature Aging Syndrome with Anticancer Drugs

April 16, 2003: Identification of Gene Gives Hope to Children with Progeria; May Shed Light on Phenomenon of Aging

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