Byers Lab: Research Support and Contributing Sponsors

Our research is supported in part by donations to the “Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Research Fund” and the "OI Research Fund" at the University of Washington.  The funds were established with donations from individuals and families of individuals with EDS and OI.  The funds are used to support basic and clinical research in the lab at the direction of Dr. Peter Byers.  The donations are proceeds from creative and enthusiastic fundraising by individuals with connective tissue disorders and/or their family members.  One family raised in excess of $15,000 by purchasing theatre tickets at a reduced rate and selling them as a fundraiser in honor of their EDS family member.  Another family donates proceeds from an annual Memorial Golf tournament.   A single anonymous family donation (matched by grant funding from the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD)) supported studies of arterial alterations in EDS type IV.

Proudly, recent endorsement and support by The Freudmann Fund  (LINK) has expanded primary research and clinical research of inherited disorders of connective tissue, especially the Ehlers-Danlos syndromes.

Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation (OIF) supports our work toward identifying gene mutations in children and adults enrolled in the national OIF Linked Clinical Research Centers (LCRCs).

Consider donating today. Any inquiries can be directed to Dr. Byers directly (, or visit the donation page for more information.