The Wernickes Korsakoff Syndrome happens when the body doesn't have enough thiamine. Our bodies do not produce any and needs this vital vitamin, also known more commonly as vitamin B1. Our bodies can only store 14 days of thiamine and most people get from their from diet. Historically Wernickes has been seen as an "Alcoholic's Disease", when, if fact, more and more cases diagnosed today are related to a thiamine deficiency caused by diet, surgery, and overall nutritional intake of thiamine.
Dr. Wernicke is seen by many as the father of modern Neruoscience. Although many people are familiar with the name, few are aware of his many contributions.
Wernicke's research was concentrated on how different areas of the brain relate to specific functions of the body. Wernicke was the first to demonstrate the linkage between right and left-handedness.
WFA exists to provide resources to educate and prevent WKS globally.
Sean Byrne is the founder and CEO of the Wernickes Foundation of America. Sean is a WKS(e) survivor, volunteer EMT since 2002, entrepreneur, and advocate for all those affected by Wernickes.
Anne-Marie Byrne is the partner and wife of Sean and serves as company secretary. Anne-Marie has a deep and thorough understanding of Wernickes, and also advocates for special needs children on the spectrum and their families.
William Bodine is a seasoned investment advisor and financial consultant with over 40 years of experience in the global capital markets. He was recently appointed as an Advisor to the Vatican's Global Venture Fund.
Paul is a dedicated volunteer and community leader with over 30 years experience in the financial markets. Paul has served the Town of Rye on their Conversation Commission and is active in Scouting serving on the Algonquin Disitrct Committee, for Westchester Putnam Council. Paul serves as Treasurer to WFA.
Sean Jr. is a graduate of Tulane University earning his Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience. Sean Jr. is an Eagle Scout and his personal family experience with Wernickes gives him a personal understanding of the condition.
Aisling Byrne is a senior at Tulane University studying Neuroscience as her Pre-PA undergraduate degree. She plans on becoming one of the first Neuroendocrinologist PA. Aisling shoulders the responsibility as Director of Social Media for WFA.
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