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The Myelin Project was established in 1989 by Augusto and Michaela Odone for their son Lorenzo who suffered from ALD - a rare genetic myelin disease that deteriorates myelin in the brain and central nervous system.

Although not medical doctors, the Odones developed a treatment, Lorenzo's Oil now adopted throughout the world. The story of the Odones' struggle against ALD was dramatized in the 1992 Universal Studios release Lorenzo's Oil starring Nick Nolte and Susan Sarandon. For information on how to obtain the oil, click here.

We have partnered with ALD Connect; empowering patients, raising awareness, and accelerating the translation of scientific advances into better clinical care. Learn more
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April 17th, 2015
The 2015 Trap Shoot Fundraiser in Lincoln, CA to benefit The Myelin Project Research Fund raised over $27,000. Thank you to Myelin Project Board Member and ALD mother Diane Love & Family for organizing. Learn more

January 1st, 2015
The Myelin Project's Lorenzo Odone Patient Support Fund is established; campaign raises over $30,000 to support low income ALD/AMN patients and their families. Learn more

October 7th, 2014

The Myelin Project's 2014 International Scientific Conference at Edinburgh Hilton Airport Hotel was a gathering of top myelin and leukodystrophy researchers in the world.
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September 25th, 2014
California Governor Jerry Brown officially signed Assembly Bill 1559, sponsored by The Myelin Project and authored by Dr. Richard Pan, making CA the fourth state in the US to add  adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD) to its newborn screening program. Learn more

Lorenzo's Oil
Lorenzo's Oil
is a combination of a 4:1 mix of 
oleic acid and erucic acid, extracted from rapeseed oil and olive oil designed to normalize the accumulation of the very long chain fatty acids in the brain thereby halting the progression of adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD).
Lorenzo's Oil
is currently available to patients with
ALD aged 18 months to 18 years that meet the criteria.
Click here for more info.