Newly diagnosed - first steps after diagnosis

Help for those affected or their relatives who have just been diagnosed with NBIA.

The first days, weeks and months after the diagnosis are tough. Everything is turned upside down and due to the rarity of the disease it is very difficult to get more precise information. One staggers between uncertainty and shock. We from Hoffnungsbaum e.V. also went through this, because we are also either parents and relatives of affected people or affected ourselves. It is all the better that you have found us, because we can help you with the first steps to deal with this diagnosis. You are not alone!

Our goal is to help researchers find better therapies that will halt the progression of disease and ideally find a cure for our NBIA diseases. We bring researchers, doctors and patients together and are there for you - as personal support and for your questions about the NBIA diagnosis you have received in your family. We also provide information about the current state of research. We can also put you in contact with other affected people who are going through the same thing.

We recommend that you go through the following steps in the near future. Valuable information is linked at the respective place.



Contact Hoffnungsbaum e.V.

Please contact us , so that we can send you information.

German speeking families can get Findings and consultation folders . This includes up-to-date information on your NBIA variant and the possibility of systematically organising your doctor's letters and findings in it.

Subscribe to our Hoffnungsbaum-Newsletter to get valuable current information about NBIA.

Through a participation in our German Hoffnungsbaum-Family network you can get in contact with other affected persons.

NBIA Disorders Association

If you speak English, you can also use the information offered by the NBIA Disorders Association. This is the patient organization for NBIA in the USA. You can subscribe to the Newsletter and if you would like to exchange information with affected persons worldwide, you can also subscribe to the Family network of the NBIA Disorders Association .

Contact the Friedrich-Baur-Institut

At the Friedrich-Baur-Institut in Munich the NBIA expert Prof. Dr. med. Thomas Klopstock leads a team of doctors who care for NBIA patients. This is a place where all information on international NBIA research comes together and the institute is the headquarters of the international NBIA patient register.

If you want to make an appointment for you or your affected child or register for the NBIA patient register you will find the contact details here:

Clinic of the University of Munich
Friedrich Baur Institute at the Neurological Clinic
Prof. Thomas Klopstock & Dr. Ivan Karin
Ziemssenstr. 1a
80336 Munich
Phone: +49 (0)89 44005 7421

Registration with NBIAcure

NBIAcure is the website of the leading NBIA researchers at the University of Oregon in Portland, USA, who are also networked with the Friedrich Baur Institute. If you are interested register with NBIAcure. Then you will get information in English about the NBIA research being conducted there.


Find out more about your NBIA variant

At Info about NBIA you will find comprehensive information and further links to the different NBIA variants.

Genetic consultation

To get answers to questions about the genetics of NBIA disease in your family and its effects on your life, we recommend a genetic consultation with a specialist in human genetics of your choice. Here you will find a general Overview of genetics in NBIA diseases.

Find even more information worldwide

You can find more information about NBIA on the Internet:

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