Rett syndrome is a rare, genetic, neurological disorder affecting mainly females (1:10,000) and very few males. It is present from conception. After a period of ‘near normal’ development, the child experiences a regression in key skills, usually mobility, speech and hand use between the ages of one and two years. The child may appear very withdrawn during this stage and this often leads to a misdiagnosis of being on the autistic spectrum. Multiple comorbidities appear post regression including epilepsy, breathing disruption, scoliosis, gut and bowel problems. Whilst the disorder is genetic, in the majority of cases it is not inherited. Rett syndrome is usually caused by a fault on a gene called MECP2 which is found on the X chromosome. People with Rett syndrome have profound and multiple physical and learning disabilities. They are totally reliant on others for support throughout their lives, yet they are radiating love and enjoying their life to the fullest.

About Us

Rett Syndrome Europe is a small, not for profit, voluntary led organisation established in 1994 (reorganised in 2001) to serve the interests of families across Europe affected by this devastating disorder. The board are all parents of people with Rett syndrome.

Scientific Advisory Board

A recent development of Rett Syndrome Europe, The Scientific Advisory Board, brings together some of the most well known and active scientists, researchers and therapists in Europe. Working together for the benefit of our families.

Membership

Rett Syndrome Europe currently has 25 member countries; either represented by a formal organisation or an individual. We welcome new applications and will support individuals who wish to formalise support in their country.

Family Resources

Lots of important and useful resources for families seeking to understand more about how Rett syndrome affects their daughter or son, what they can do to help them and find support for themselves. We aim to bring you regular updates not just from Europe but from around the world.

Latest news

AIRETT International Call for Research Projects
AIRETT is delighted to announce its second international call for base, clinical and rehabilitation research projects on Rett syndrome. They believe that the work of different research centres (even with international collaborations) could help speed …
Trofinetide Update
Could Trofinetide be the first drug to be approved specifically to treat Rett syndrome? On 7th December 2021, Neuren announced positive 'top line' results for from the Phase 3 trial in Rett syndrome. The drug …
General Assembly activity report and recordings of presentations
First and foremost, thank you everyone who joined our GA meeting. Even though online events have their limitations, we are very happy about your active participation and engagement in the discussions. For everyone who participated …
Covid Boosters for People with Rett Syndrome
Lots of families are considering whether their daughter/son with Rett syndrome should have the booster Covid jab. Here Ana Abdala, member of our Scientific Advisory Board, gives her view which we hope you will find …
General Assembly 2021
Please join us for our General Assembly 27th November 10am to 1.30pm CET The agenda and invitation with relevant papers have been emailed to our members. Please contact us in case you haven´t received it …
Hello Camille!
In the second of our Family Focus features, Laetitia and Nicolas from Belgium, share their story about new diagnosis and how meeting a family who were so positive really helped in those early days. ‘Since …
New Podcast by Jenny Downs
Podcast no 29 : Jenny Downs : Environmental enrichment intervention for Rett Syndrome: an individually randomised stepped wedge trial. 'This study reinforces why an enriched environment is so important. Not only do children gain important …
Rett Syndrome Russia Shares New Rehab Film
We are delighted to share this file "We Can. We do" which was made as part of the Russian Rett Syndrome Association's project "Mutual Help: International Cooperation for Children" no. 20-1-027505. The project was the …
Rett Syndrome Awareness Campaign
October is Global Rett Syndrome Awareness Month! A chance for us all to raise awareness of this rare disease! We all know as parents how devastating a diagnosis of Rett syndrome is – we see …
Call for photos
October is Rett Syndrome Awareness month. We would like to dedicate it to the quality of life of our Rett people and raise awareness that despite all the challenges, the life of our Rett children …
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