Medical Research

The Snow Foundation

Rare Diseases...Common Problems

aka The Snow Foundation

Clayton, MO


The Snow Foundation is a collective voice for Wolfram syndrome patients, working towards a cure for Wolfram syndrome and developing novel therapies for diabetes, vision loss, hearing loss, and neurodegeneration.

Ruling Year



Stephanie Gebel

Main Address

P.O. Box 50224

Clayton, MO 63105 USA

Formerly Known As

The Jack & JT Snow Scientific Research Foundation


diabetes, rare disease, wolfram syndrome, hearing loss, neurodegeneration, vision loss





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Specifically Named Diseases Research (H80)

Specifically Named Diseases (G80)

Health - General and Rehabilitative N.E.C. (E99)

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What we aim to solve

Wolfram research has been slow moving and fractured due to the international nature of research, lack of available grants, few WS specific conferences, lack of data sharing, and no US or global alliance for the disease. Although in its early years, The Snow Foundation has quickly become the single largest private supporter of Wolfram research. This simple fact highlights the woeful state of awareness, research, programs and funds to fight and treat Wolfram syndrome. Most investigators are drawn to the monogenic diabetes aspect of Wolfram syndrome as a model for more common forms of diabetes. However, the far less studied neurological symptoms are the most debilitating to patient quality and length of life. Furthermore, because the pattern There is no centralized network of research or data regarding Wolfram syndrome. Hence, the Snow Foundation’s pillars – Accelerate, Connect and Mobilize the WS community – are fundamentally linked to the creation of a global network.

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Annual Wolfram Syndrome Medical Clinic

Wolfram Syndrome Resarch Laboratory

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Online Network

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Snow has already mapped out a global network model. With increased financial support, we will: 1. Create strong online connectivity: Two Secure Data Sites (patients & doctors), Registry, Doctor/Patient Chat, Breaking News, Research Blog/Pipeline, Grant Announcements. 2. Enable researchers to access and share data with other medical professionals working to better understand, treat, and establish a cure for Wolfram syndrome and Wolfram-like diseases. 3. Enable patients and families to easily network and share the best treatment practices. 4. Bring together patients, families and medical professionals to meet, share and learn from one another, and become motivated to achieve progress, via conferences held in St. Louis and eventually on each US coast. 5. Shorten the time between symptom identification and correct disease diagnosis by expanding awareness and access to data. 6. Increase quality, diversity, amount, and availability of disease data to strengthen research funding requests and results evaluation. 7. Increase research dollars. Leader: Stephanie Snow Gebel – In 2010, Stephanie’s and Barclay’s five-year-old daughter, Raquel, was diagnosed with Wolfram syndrome, a terminal disease with no cure and little data. Stephanie began The Snow Foundation. Nine years after Raquel was diagnosed, Stephanie’s unique ability to bring together medical leaders, patients, families, and resources has moved Snow to the largest private source of support for Wolfram research – and is fueling better treatment, management therapies, health care delivery enhancements, information sharing, and peer-to-peer patient and medical networking platforms. Stephanie holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Exercise Sports Science from the University of Arizona. Achievements: • Provided area and visiting patients/families with services to better navigate th

There are myriad possible solutions to Wolfram syndrome, and researchers agree that these solutions will likely be applicable to other common neurodegenerative diseases and forms of diabetes. By connecting patients, families, medical researchers and clinicians around the world – and sharing treatments, ideas, reagents, pitfalls, and successes – it is expected that solutions will be achieved more quickly, more accurately, and with exponentially greater results!

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