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Center for the Study of Familial Amyloidosis

R. Prof. Rodolpho Paulo Rocco
255 - Ilha do Fundão
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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The Center for Studies on Paramyloidosis Antônio Rodrigues de Mello (CEPARM) was founded on November 22, 1984. Its name was given in honor of Prof. Antônio Rodrigues de Mello, a former professor at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and a physician at the Deolindo Couto Institute of Neurology (INDC-UFRJ).
 
Antônio Rodrigues de Mello pioneered the recognition and study of the first cases of paramyloidosis in Brazil together with Professor Marleide de Mota Gomes. He is the author of the term Familial Amyloid Polyneuropathy (PAF), citing it for the first time in 1959 in a monograph presented to the National Academy of Medicine.
 
CEPARM works with the University Hospital Clementino Fraga Filho of UFRJ and, since 1989, is under the direction of Dr. Márcia Waddington Cruz. 
 
A direct laboratorial method of swab analysis is available which makes it possible to determine the situation of the carrier (positive for mutation in the TTR gene) or non-carrier (negative for mutation in the TTR gene) of Paramyloidosis. The test is open to everyone in general who would like to know if they have the mutation. For those who are positive for the mutation, the center offers other neurological and cardiological exams to assess the clinical development of the disease.
 
The diagnosis is made at the University Hospital Clementino Fraga Filho located at the Health Sciences Center of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.

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