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Welcome to the Website of Rett New Zealand

This website provides information and support for families affected by Rett syndrome. You will find here information about Rett New Zealand, a brief description of Rett syndrome, links to current research and links to other useful sites. We have also added a page for personal stories and other contributions for families to share their experiences.

News Flash!

Photo: Dean Carruthers

Distinguished Professor Margaret Anne Brimble has been made a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to science.
Link: Best of NZ: New Year Honours 2019

Latest News

June 26 2019

Inside the Lab : MIT/McGovern Institute

Rett Syndrome Research Trust is hitting the road to bring you an inside look at the critical research taking place in some of the labs they support.
July 12 2018


Two of our Rett Families were filmed by ATTITUDE for TV ONE's Sunday morning programme. Thank you so much from fellow parents for sharing your joys and your trials on the Rett Journey.
May 11 2018

Margaret Brimble becomes first-ever Royal Society fellow

Professor Margaret Brimble joins the likes of Sir Ernest Rutherford and Sir Paul Callaghan and 40 other New Zealanders, up to now all men, in becoming a fellow of the Royal Society in London.
March 24 2017

Success of second clincial trial with Trofinetide

The and Neuren released the details of their second clinical trial using Trofinetide.

An award presented to Distinguished Professor Margaret Brimble from the parents of Rett children.

"For your expert knowledge and years of personal and professional service to Rett in New Zealand. Thank you for your caring and commitment to helping Rett children, adults and their families."

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A visit to the Brimble Lab to see where Trofinetide (NNZ-2566) was discovered

Margaret Brimble Trofinetide NNZ-2566

Distinguished Professor Margaret Brimble of the University of Auckland has given two lectures at the Rett NZ Conferences.

In May 2016 Professor Brimble invited our Rett NZ Trust Chairman Dugald MacBrayne and Rett NZ Coordinator Gillian Deane to visit her laboratory to see how the drug NNZ-2566 or Trofinetide was discovered and to meet the staff members who helped with its discovery. There are no current approved medicines for the treatment of Rett Syndrome.

Read more about Margaret Brimble and Trofinetide (NNZ-2566)

2017 Research Awards

Rett Syndrome Research Trust Awards $6.2 Million in 2017 to Speed a Cure for Rett Syndrome.

Press Release

Look who supports Rett Syndrome

Julia Roberts became committed to helping find a cure for Rett Syndrome after meeting Abigail Brodsky, a young girl battling the disease. Julia appeared in the Discovery Channel's Silent Angels: The Rett Syndrome Story and testified before Congress about the need for more research on the crippling neurological disease.
Rose Hill Designs: Believe in a Cure
Illustration by Heather Stillufsen